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Advanced no-nonsense spirituality for Enlightenment

Jarett
The list author says: "Avoid the many pseudo gurus of today and study the works of teachers from days past who were widely recognized by all as being truly Enlightened. No nonsense, no controversy, no law of attraction teachings, no egos/intellects believing or pretending they're Enlightened, no "new age" anything, straight to the point spirituality for those who's goal in life is realizing the Silent Truth of Reality."
The Bhagavad Gita (Classics of Indian Spirituality)
The Bhagavad Gita (Classics of Indian Spirituality)
"The Gita is thousands of years old and is basically in question & answer format. Spiritual student Arjuna asks and Lord Krishna answers. When reading, keep in mind that the "war" that is spoken of is a metaphor for "the battle within.""
The Dhammapada (Classics of Indian Spirituality)
The Dhammapada (Classics of Indian Spirituality)
"The Dhammapada is the direct teachings of Siddhartha Gautama (Buddha). Buddha grew up in a primarily Hindu culture but none of the gurus & teachers he visited could give him what he was searching for, so he sat under the Bodhi Tree utterly determined to realize Truth for himself."
The Upanishads (Classic of Indian Spirituality)
The Upanishads (Classic of Indian Spirituality)
"The Upanishads are ancient Hindu writings that are actually a culmination of teachings from many different sages who reached Enlightenment."
The Zen Teaching of Huang Po: On the Transmission of Mind
The Zen Teaching of Huang Po: On the Transmission of Mind
"Huang Po died around 850 A.D. and was a highly advanced Zen Master. This book is extremely clear, lucid and easy to understand. Very direct and to-the-point. My absolute favorite book on Zen, or even Buddhism in general."
The Zen Teaching of Bodhidharma (English and Chinese Edition)
The Zen Teaching of Bodhidharma (English and Chinese Edition)
"Bodhidharma was the original founder of Zen. There are many myths & stories surrounding him, but they're all irrelevant. Read his direct teachings in this book, and ignore everything else you hear from others. My second favorite Zen book."
The Zen Teachings of Master Lin-Chi
The Zen Teachings of Master Lin-Chi
"Lin-chi studied and practiced directly under Huang Po, and achieved Enlightenment himself. Enough said."
Mud and Water: The Teachings of Zen Master Bassui
Mud and Water: The Teachings of Zen Master Bassui
"Bassui was a 14th century Zen Master. This is one of the easiest books on Zen to read and understand. Highly recommended."
Moon in a Dewdrop: Writings of Zen Master Dogen
Moon in a Dewdrop: Writings of Zen Master Dogen
"Eihei Dogen (1200-1253) grew up in Japan, studied in China, and later returned to Japan. He founded Japanese Soto Zen."
Zen Teaching of Instantaneous Awakening: being the teaching of the Zen Master Hui Hai, known as the Great Pearl
Zen Teaching of Instantaneous Awakening: being the teaching of the Zen Master Hui Hai, known as the Great Pearl
"Chinese Zen Master Hui Hai lived in the eighth century. Much of the book is in Q&A format with his students."
The Recorded Sayings of Zen Master Joshu
The Recorded Sayings of Zen Master Joshu
"Joshu Jushin was a Zen Master from China who lived from 778–897. This isn't an easy read, particularly for a novice, because Joshu taught primarily by means of koans. But keep in mind that koans were used purposefully for a reason."
The Essential Teachings of Zen Master Hakuin
The Essential Teachings of Zen Master Hakuin
"Zen Master Hakuin Ekaku (1685-1768) was a painter and calligrapher as well as a teacher of Enlightenment. Not my favorite Zen book, but does my opinion even matter?"
The Zen Doctrine of No Mind: The Significance of the Sutra of Hui-Neng
The Zen Doctrine of No Mind: The Significance of the Sutra of Hui-Neng
"Hui-neng (638-713) is one of the most well known Zen Masters. When you're done reading it, have no opinions about it."
The Lankavatara Sutra: An Epitomized Version (Provenance Editions)
The Lankavatara Sutra: An Epitomized Version (Provenance Editions)
"Bodhidharma, the founder of Zen, said the only sutra needed is the Lankavatara Sutra. Anything recommended by Bodhidharma is obviously worth the while. This epitomized version is very clean and streamlined, cutting out much of the overly repetitious extraneous clutter."
The Diamond Sutra
The Diamond Sutra
"One of the primary Mahayana Buddhist texts. It's called the Diamond Sutra because it cuts straight to the heart of the matter, or should I say non-matter. Countless Zen Masters refer to the Diamond Sutra when teaching."
The Heart Sutra
The Heart Sutra
"Also known as the Prajnaparamita Hridaya Sutra, or The Sutra of the Heart of the Perfection of Wisdom. It's Buddhism compressed into 35 lines of text. Another of Mahayana Buddhism's primary teachings. "Form is emptiness, emptiness is form.""
The Threefold Lotus Sutra
The Threefold Lotus Sutra
"Another primary Buddhist scripture. Nam-myoho-renge-kyo."
The Vimalakirti Sutra
The Vimalakirti Sutra
"One of the most well known Mahayana Buddhist scriptures. Vimalakirti was a layman (not a monk) living a regular life who achieved Enlightenment."
Tao Te Ching: The Definitive Edition
Tao Te Ching: The Definitive Edition
"The classic Tao; the teachings of Lao Tzu. If you haven't read it, you must be living under a rock. There's tons of different translations out there but I recommend this "Definitive Edition" by Jonathan Star. The Tao that can be spoken is not the Tao."
I Am That: Talks with Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
I Am That: Talks with Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
"A more contemporary teacher, Nisargadatta Maharaj died in 1981 and lived in Bombay, India. This is a classic that everybody recognizes as being an authentic dharma teaching."
Consciousness and the Absolute: The Final Talks of Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
Consciousness and the Absolute: The Final Talks of Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
"Nisargadatta's body is dying of cancer and he knows his time in the physical world is waning, so he wastes no time in dismantling your mind. Very direct, and not for the timid or casual spiritual student. Only the serious devotee need apply."
Talks with Ramana Maharshi: On Realizing Abiding Peace and Happiness
Talks with Ramana Maharshi: On Realizing Abiding Peace and Happiness
"Another more modern teacher (1879-1950), Ramana Maharshi reached Enlightenment while he was a young teenage boy. Much of his life after Self-Realization was spent in silence, and not verbally communicating. His teachings were often communicated via silent transmission, while other times were transcribed by his students as he spoke."
Be as You Are: The Teachings of Sri Ramana Maharshi (Compass)
Be as You Are: The Teachings of Sri Ramana Maharshi (Compass)
"Have you yet asked "Who Am I?" A very straight-to-the-point book. Recommended for those who are ready to surrender every last belief, opinion and perception."
The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali: The Essential Yoga Texts for Spiritual Enlightenment (Sacred Wisdom)
The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali: The Essential Yoga Texts for Spiritual Enlightenment (Sacred Wisdom)
"The Yoga Sutras of the sage Patanjali were written between the 1st & 3rd centuries. The translation and commentary of this book was then done by Vivekanada (1863-1902), who himself had also reached Enlightenment. By the way, true yoga has nothing to do with physical poses."
Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda 8 Vol. set
Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda 8 Vol. set
"Vivekananda (1863-1902) grew up in Calcutta, India and later spent a lot of time in America and England. He was a disciple of Ramakrishna and his teachings influenced Gandhi, Aurobindo and Martin Luther King, among others. This "Complete Works" is 8 books (for ONLY $26) that each have 500+ pages! The shear volume of spiritual information in these books is incredible, not to mention priceless."
The Life Divine
The Life Divine
"Written by Aurobindo (1872-1950), The Life Divine is a huge book with over 1100 pages. It's a compilation of his many essays that were originally released on a monthly basis in a magazine."
Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna :Abridged Edition
Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna :Abridged Edition
"Ramakrishna Paramahamsa lived from 1836-1886. Both Ramana Maharshi and Vivekananda occasionally refer to his teachings, so what does that tell you?"
Freedom from the Known
Freedom from the Known
"The mind's activities, which happen by themselves, are nothing but a reflection of conditioning based on society's faulty concepts. Jiddu Krishnamurti lived from 1895-1986 and spoke & wrote much in English so there's no need to worry about erroneous translations."
Mohandas Gandhi: Essential Writings (Modern Spiritual Masters Series)
Mohandas Gandhi: Essential Writings (Modern Spiritual Masters Series)
"While Gandhi didn't particularly teach Enlightenment per se, when reading his teachings it's obvious he's speaking from a God/Buddha/Brahman-Realized point of view. His "thy will be done" way of life is in perfect accordance with that of Buddhism's surrendering of all individual personal will."
Mother Teresa: In My Own Words
Mother Teresa: In My Own Words
"Mother Teresa was a spiritual giant, and you don't have to be a Buddhist or Hindu to reach Enlightenment, nor teach it. If you're stuck on the word "God", the best advice is to get over it. It's no different than using the words Buddha, Awareness, Truth, Love or Zen. It's all the same thing and it's all beyond man-made words."
Interior Castle
Interior Castle
"St. Teresa of Avila (1515-1582), another Christian Mystic, was a Spanish nun of the Roman Catholic Church. She taught how to attain "union with God", or in other words, Oneness/Nonduality/Enlightenment."
Meister Eckhart, from Whom God Hid Nothing: Sermons, Writings, and Sayings
Meister Eckhart, from Whom God Hid Nothing: Sermons, Writings, and Sayings
"Meister Eckhart (1260-1327) was a German Dominican who lived in a society where Christianity was dominant, and so he used Christian terminology (ie. "God") to describe the transcendent Reality that he was experiencing. A smaller book that can be read in one sitting."
Dark Night of the Soul
Dark Night of the Soul
"St. John of the Cross was a Spanish Carmelite monk and mystic in the 16th century. A widely recognized spiritual classic on the topic of being one with God/Truth/Love."
The Cloud of Unknowing and Other Works (Penguin Classics)
The Cloud of Unknowing and Other Works (Penguin Classics)
"The 14th century Cloud of Unknowing was written anonymously, possibly by a Carthusian monk. This very easy to read & understand book repeats constantly the need to practice intense contemplation stripped of all thought. Powerful stuff, highly recommended."
Holy Bible: From the Ancient Eastern Text: George M. Lamsa's Translation From the Aramaic of the Peshitta
Holy Bible: From the Ancient Eastern Text: George M. Lamsa's Translation From the Aramaic of the Peshitta
"We all know the Bible wasn't originally written in Greek, and yet all of our current translations are translated from the Greek version. George Lamsa's far more accurate Bible is the only version that has been translated straight from the original Aramaic scripts."