There are thousands upon thousands of books, millions and millions of words. None are a substitute for a relationship with a human being who has, through years of struggle and practice, come to embody a teaching. Nevertheless there are a few books, desert island books, that can call to one with real clarity. These books might be read several times over the course of one’s life, and kept close at hand.

Beelzebub’s Tales to his Grandson

Bhagavad Gita

The Gospel of John, King James Edition

I Ching

The Platform Sutra of Hui-neng

Tao Te Ching

The Tibetan Book of the Dead

The Yoga Sutras