The 50 Most Influential Spiritual Books of Our Time

“Books are to be called for and supplied on the assumption that the process of reading is not a half-sleep; but in the highest sense an exercise, a gymnastic struggle; that the reader is to do something for himself.” —Walt Whitman

A list compiled from our own thought and experience. This is not meant to be objective or universal, but merely the books that we perceive as being useful and important. With the holidays around the corner, the list might be useful for those of you still seeking gifts for the seekers on your lists.

 The Essential Rumi Coleman Barks
 I Ching, Wilhelm Baynes Edition Wilhelm Baynes
 I and Thou Martin Buber
Cosmic Consciousness Richard Maurice Bucke
The Hero of A Thousand Faces Joseph Campbell
Tao of Physics Fritjof Capra
The Teachings of Don Juan Carlos Castaneda
Journey to Ixtlan Carlos Castaneda
When Things Fall Apart Pema Chödron
Be Here Now Ram Dass
Mount Analogue René Daumal
The Reality of Being: The Fourth Way of Gurdjieff Jeanne de Salzmann
The Sacred and Profane Mircea Eliade
The Four Quartets T.S. Eliot
The Prophet Kahlil Gibran
Beelzebub’s Tales to His Grandson, All and Everything G. I. Gurdijeff
Markings Dag Hämmarskjold
Peace is Every Step Thich Nhat Hanh
Zen & The Art of Archery Eugen Herrigel
Siddhartha Herman Hesse
The Magister Ludi Herman Hesse
The Doors of Perception Aldous Huxley
The Varieties of Religious Experience William James
Man and His Symbols Carl G. Jung
Memories, Dream, Reflections Carl G. Jung
Think on These Things J. Krishnamurti
And Then There Was Light Jacques Lussevran
The Seven Storey Mountain Thomas Merton
The Bhagavad Gita
Tao Te Ching
Stephen Mitchell
Black Elk Speaks John G. Neihardt
The Idea of The Holy Rudolf Otto
In Search of the Miraculous P. D. Ouspensky
Zen & The Art of Motorcycle Maintenance Robert M. Pirsig
Zen Flesh, Zen Bones Paul Reps
Ahead of All Parting: Selected Poetry and Prose Ranier Maria Rilke
Letters to a Young Poet Ranier Maria Rilke
The World’s Religions Houston Smith
Zen Mind, Beginners Mind Shunryu Suzuki
Come Be My Light Mother Theresa
Walden Henry David Thoreau
The Courage to Be Paul Tillich
Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism Chyogam Trungpa
Mysticism Evelyn Underhill
Leaves of Grass Walt Whitman
Autobiography of a Yogi Parmahansa Yogananada
Nag Hammadi & The Dead Sea Scrolls (The Gnostic Gospels)
The Bible
The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali Patanjali
The Tibetan Book of the Dead
The Dhammapada
A Course In Miracles

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