The Four Noble Truths
Gain an immediate and personal understanding of the causes and conditions that give rise to suffering—and how the spiritual life leads to liberation.
NEW ONLINE COURSE
In the Four Applications of Mindfulness with B. Alan Wallace, explore the very nature of reality and human experience through the Buddha’s quintessential teachings.
In Wisdom Academy online courses, learn how to deepen your practice & develop your understanding with leading Buddhist teachers.
Discover bestselling Wisdom classics to illuminate and enrich your practice.
The Wisdom Journal
Subscribe to The Wisdom Journal—it’s free, you can’t get it on the newsstands, and there will never be ads. This is a unique way to connect with Buddhist teachings.
NEW FROM WISDOM
Check out our newest releases from His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Bhante Gunaratana, Geshe Sopa, & more!
New from H.H. the Sakya Trichen
With his trademark clarity and deep wisdom, His Holiness the Sakya Trichen unpacks two texts by the legendary 13th-century Drogön Chögyal Phagpa.
THE WISDOM PODCAST
A fascinating exploration of Buddhism and meditation where our guests share stories and discuss life-changing practices, timeless philosophies, and new ways to think and live.
Get a Free Dalai Lama Ebook
Read four teachings from the Dalai Lama: On Happiness as Our Life’s Purpose, On Happiness and Peace of Mind, On the Happiness of the Four Noble Truths, and On Happiness and the Awakening Mind.
Have you ever seen someone laughing in the rain? Or someone stoop-shouldered, shuffling along on a green and sunny day? Perhaps in a time of crisis you’ve seen someone respond...read more »
Have you ever seen someone laughing in the rain? Or someone stoop-shouldered,...read more »
New and Featured Releases
Coming in August!
This important and influential text is Tsong Khapa’s most important commentary on the perfection stage practices of the unexcelled yoga tantras.
An accessible, inspiring book on one of the most important topics in Tibetan Buddhism, bodhichitta, written by one of its renowned masters who has an international following of thousands.
A rich new collection of poems and teachings by His Holiness Jigme Phuntsok (1933–2004) in memory of the thirteenth anniversary of Kyabjé Wish-Fulfilling Jewel’s parinirvana.
Learn from the Dalai Lama how to put into practice your understanding of renunciation, the awakening mind, and emptiness.
Illumination of the Hidden Meaning sbas don kun gsal Cakrasamvara Tantra
This is the second volume of the annotated translation of Tsong Khapa’s Illumination of the Hidden Meaning (sbas don kun gsal), a magnificent commentary on the Cakrasamvara Tantra.
A lucid explanation of the basic contours of the Theravada Abhidamma system for serious students of Buddhist thought.
“Intimacy is based on the willingness to open ourselves to many others, to family, friends, and even strangers, forming genuine and deep bonds based on common humanity. Koshin Paley Ellison’s teachings share the way forward into a path of connection, compassion, and intimacy.” —His Holiness the Dalai Lama
This is the first complete, critical English translation of the Cakrasamvara Tantra, also known as the Sriherukabhidhana and Laghusamvara.
An invitation to everyday mystics: unbind yourself from the causes of suffering and step into grace.
Discover a clear, simple meditation method for practicing mindfulness for insight, which leads to the goal of liberation, the end of all suffering.
In this new book from the Dalai Lama, discover the mind’s infinitely vast potential, its buddha nature.
Penetrate the nature of mind with this contemporary Korean take on a classic of Zen literature.
Go beyond mere mindfulness—and deepen your connection to your self, the people in your life, and the world around you.
In her long-awaited debut, a beloved master teacher shows us how to move from the “constant squeeze” of suffering to a direct experience of enoughness.
A comprehensive guide to the Guhyasamaja practice.
What do we do when life throws rocks at us?
Discover how hiking can be a kind of spiritual pilgrimage—calming our minds, enhancing our sense of wonder, and deepening our connection to nature.
A key Dzogchen text—available together with its Tibetan commentaries, including from the fifteenth Karmapa—from a preeminent translator.
Explore the world with Charlie in this simple, lovely introduction to mindfulness; teachers and parents will have fun guiding kids through the innovative activities.
A portable treasury of gems from a Tibetan master’s lifetime of wisdom.
David R. Loy draws from giants of psychotherapy and existentialism, from Nietzsche to Kierkegaard to Sartre, to explore the fundamental issues of life, death, and what motivates us.
Powerful conversations between His Holiness the Dalai Lama and leading scientists on the most pressing issue of our time.
Relish direct, experiential meditation instructions from the author of the bestselling Introduction to Tantra.
Bestselling author B. Alan Wallace delivers the long-awaited followup to his Stilling the Mind: Shamatha Teachings from Dudjom Lingpa’s Vajra Essence (2011).
If everything is empty, then what ceases in Nirvana and is born in rebirth? Guy Armstrong tackles this question and more in this richly informed, practical guide to emptiness for the meditator.
The second volume in the Dalai Lama’s definitive and comprehensive series on the stages of the Buddhist path, The Library of Wisdom and Compassion.
A complete translation of two of the eleventh-century Seventeen Tantras—texts that are among the most important in all of Tibetan Buddhism.
Happiness lies within us—but we could all use a little help finding it. In a refreshing new voice, A Fool’s Guide to Actual Happiness shows us how to feel and be better—without having to be perfect.
The Buddha’s profound teachings on the four noble truths are illuminated by a Tibetan master simply and directly, so that readers gain an immediate and personal understanding of the causes and conditions that give rise to suffering as well as the spiritual life as the path to liberation.
A poetic classic from a major figure of American Zen.
Now in paperback! Plucked from a humble nomad family to become the leader of one of Tibet’s oldest Buddhist lineages, the young Seventeenth Karmapa draws on timeless values to create an urgent ethic for today’s global community.
German professor and Buddhist monk Bhikkhu Anālayo illuminates a spectrum of views on rebirth, from ancient scriptures to contemporary research.
Study the Great Perfection with the celebrated Lerab Lingpa, who imparted teachings to the Thirteenth Dalai Lama, and discover the common ground of Tibetan Buddhism’s many schools in essays by his disciples.
Explore the nature of our material world in this unique sourcebook, conceived by the Dalai Lama, collecting the scientific observations found in classical Buddhist treatises.
An anniversary collection, presented in a beautiful collector’s edition, of three of Bhante Gunaratana’s bestselling classics: Mindfulness in Plain English, The Four Foundations of Mindfulness in Plain English, and Beyond Mindfulness in Plain English.
This landmark volume in the Teachings of the Buddha series translates the Suttanipāta, a text that matches the Dhammapada in its concise power of expression and its centrality to the Buddhist tradition. Celebrated translator Bhikkhu Bodhi illuminates this text and its classical commentaries with elegant renderings and authoritative annotations.
The Dalai Lama tells the life story of his remarkable teacher, Ling Rinpoché, who remained a powerful anchor for him from childhood and into his emergence as a global spiritual leader.
Over 125 poetic companions, from Basho to Billy Collins, Saigyo to Shakespeare.
The bestselling author of Mindfulness in Plain English invites us to explore the joyful benefits of living with loving-kindness.
If you love, you will grieve—and nothing is more mysteriously central to becoming fully human.
Hell realms, gods, and hungry ghosts—these are just a few of the images on the Buddhist wheel of life. In Awakening from the Daydream, discover how these ancient symbols are still relevant to our modern life.
Thought leaders in the field of contemplative caregiving offer resilience, wisdom, and freedom for those who keep watch at the bedside.
“A masterpiece.”—Jon Kabat-Zinn
This landmark collection is the definitive introduction to the Buddha’s teachings—in his own words.
The next best thing to personal instruction!