March Book Picks

Every month, each member of the Samadhi Cushions team recommends  a different book of their choice.


A Guided Tour of Hell
By Sam Bercholz
“A few weeks after his 60 th birthday, the author Sam Bercholz (the founder of Shambhala Publications) suffers a massive heart attack requiring sextuple coronary bypass surgery. A Guided Tour of Hell is the allegory for what happens after he loses consciousness on the operating table. Illustrated in a graphic novel style, the story and fantastic illustrations grab you and don’t let go. The book, from an intelligent and accomplished seeker, is a visceral reminder that life is precious and uncertain, that what we do matters, and that while suffering is endless, kindness is essential.”

— Michael Greenleaf

By Ajahn Brahm

“At first glance, this is a sweet little book that serves as a reminder that among the aims and intentions of meditation practice is to increase a sense of gentleness and pliability. It is that, but it is also a very detailed, precise, and thorough guide to mindfulness meditation, with a consistent focus on being kind in relation to our mind and our world. This is one of those little books that carries a lot of weight.”

— Sumner Bradley

By Chögyam Trungpa

“This book will challenge you — even irritate you. Training the Mind is Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche’s commentary on the lojong slogans: 56 traditional guidelines for training the mind in compassion. As such it calls upon us to abandon our seemingly safe personal territory and put other before ourselves. I find that it threatens my ego, but it teaches me how to open up and that makes it an invaluable guide.”

— Mark Wilhelmi