Books Recommended by Rama

Rama recommended wonderful books in a variety of categories for his students. His first list (noted as “12”) were the 12 highest books available at the time. Rama’s next list (2nd) explores novels and spiritual adventures and his final formal list (28) was recommended for students who wanted to teach meditation. Rama lectured about a number of these books in his audio talks and others he recommended from time to time.

The RMS Book Club has been reviewing these books since 2010. In addition, Rama and his students wrote several great books that the Club has explored. Finally, from time to time one of Rama’s students will recommend an additional selection for the Club to explore. We hope this list provides you with some great ideas for high books to transform your consciousness.

Books (Recommended)Author / TranslatorCategoriesBook Club Review Date
American Buddhist Rebel (formerly Blue Skies Buddha; Rama: Gaze in my Direction)LewinsonRama3/26/2016
Art of Dreaming (The) (1994)CastanedaMysticism (Ben L. list); Flowergirl list9/24/2022
Art of Loving (The)FrommMysticism8/25/2018
Art of Rama (The) Interviews with Direct Students of RamaPritchardRama1/30/2016
Art of War (The)Tzu2nd; 28; Martial Arts2010
Autobiography of a Yogi (1946)Yogananda2nd; 28; Mysticism3/31/2012
Bhagavad Gita: Song of GodPrabhavananda / Isherwood12; 2nd; 28; Martial Arts11/19/2011; 10/25/2014
Book of Five RingsMusashiMartial Arts5/30/2015
Brothers KaramazovDostoevskyGeneral6/2019
Buddha’s Lions (1979)Abhayadatta / RobinsonBuddhism5/7/2011
Buddhism for SheepRiddellBuddhism9/2019
Buddhist BibleBeacon28; Buddhism12/28/2013; 1/15/2014; 2/22/2014
Buddhist HandbookSnellingBuddhism1/27/2018
Buddhist Mahayana Texts (1991)CowellBuddhism (Ben L. List)11/26/2022
Buddhist ScripturesConze28; Buddhism2/23/2013
Buddhist Texts Through the AgesConzeBuddhism2/2019
Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary CompaniesCollins / PorrasBusiness; Computer Science5/28/2022
Calvin and Hobbes (all versions)WattersonHumor6/24/2017 (Scientific Progress Only); Not Yet (Other)
Catch 22HellerNovel3/2019
Collected Poems of Theodore RoethkeRoethkePoetry9/2015
Crest Jewel of Discrimination by ShankaraPrabhavananda / Isherwood12; 28; Buddhism12/17/2011
Dhammapada, The Sayings of the BuddhaShambala28; Buddhism; Poetry10/29/2016
DuneHerbertSci Fi4/24/2021
Eternal Companion: Brahmananda His Life & Teachings (1960)PrabhavanandaBuddhism (Ben L. List)3/26/2022
Evolution of Matter & Spirit in the Poetry of Theodore RoethkeRama – Dr. Frederick LenzRama; Poetry7/2019
Fellowship of the Ring (Lord of the Rings Part 1)Tolkien2nd; Sci Fi10/28/2017
Four QuartetsEliotPoetry10/2019
Fundamentals of Mainstream BuddhismCheetham28; Buddhism3/30/2013
Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna (The)“M”12; 28; Buddhism2010
Graceful Exits How Great Beings Die (1997)BlackmanBuddhism (Ben L. List)1/29/2022
Great Path of Awakening (The)Kongtrul28; Buddhism2010
HackersLevyComputer Science12/2019
Hidden Teachings of TibetTalbotBuddhism; Mysticism3/2020
Highest Yoga TantraCozort28; Buddhism9/29/2012
Hobbit (The)Tolkien2nd; Sci Fi9/30/2017
Holy Teachings of Vimalakirti (The): A Mahayana ScriptureThurmanBuddhism8/26/2017
Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow (2015)HarariStudent Recommended12/25/2021
How to Get Control of Your Time and Your LifeLakeinBusiness7/27/2013
How to Get out of Debt, Stay out of Debt and Live Prosperously (1988)MundisRama Recommended to Student11/2020
How to Know God: The Yoga Aphorisms of PatanjaliPrabhavananda / Isherwood12; 28; Buddhism02/18/2012; 8/30/2014
How to Win Friends and Influence PeopleCarnegie2nd; Business10/22/2011; 4/29/2017; 2/2020
I ChingWilhelm / Baynes12; 28; Buddhism2010; 5/31/2014
IllusionsBach2nd; Novel5/26/2012
Insights – Tantric Buddhist Reflections on LifeRama – Dr. Frederick LenzRama; Poetry1/1/2020
ITKing2nd; Suspense6/30/2018
Jonathan Livingston SeagullBach2nd; Novel5/28/2016
Journey in LadakhHarvey28; Novel10/27/2012
Journey to IxtlanCastaneda12; 2nd; 28; Mysticism3/31/2012
Kabir: Ecstatic Poems (2004)BlyStudent Recommended; IMeditate6/30/2012
Kin of Ata Are Waiting for You (The)BryantMysticism7/31/2021
Kingdom of Shivas Irons (The)MurphyBuddhism3/27/2021
Lady of the Lotus Born, The Life & Enlightenment of Yeshe Tsogyal (2002)Changchub / NyingpoStudent Recommended1/21/2017
Large Sutra of Perfect Wisdom (The)Conze28; Mysticism9/28/2013; 10/26/2013
Last Incarnation (The)Rama studentsRama2/27/2016
Last Temptation of Christ (The)KazantzakisNovel12/31/2016
Legend of the Great Stupa (The) (Padmasambhava) (1973)DowmanMysticism1/2019
Life and Teachings of Naropa (The)GuenterMysticism7/30/2016
Life of Marpa the Translator (The)ShambalaBuddhism8/27/2016
Lifetimes: True Accounts of ReincarnationRama – Dr. Frederick LenzRama7/30/2022
Little Prince (The)de Saint-ExuperyNovel9/17/2011
MahabarataBuck28; Buddhism2/27/2021
Making Peace with Money (1999)MundisStudent Recommended5/29/2021
Masks of God (The)CampbellMysticism4/25/2015
(Buddhist) Masters of Enchantment: The Lives and Legends of the MahasiddhasDowman28; Buddhism2/29/2014; 3/29/2014; 12/2020
Meditation: The Bridge is Flowing but the River is NotRama – Dr. Frederick LenzRama7/28/2018
Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha (The)Nanamoli28; Buddhism4/27/2013; 5/25/2013; 6/29/2013
Moby Dick (1851)MelvilleClassic (Ben L. list)2/26/2022
Monk who Sold his Ferrari (The) (1996)SharmaStudent Recommended8/2020
Mystic Verses of a Mad Dalai LamaMullinBuddhism8/25/2012
Mythical Man-Month (The)BrooksBusiness11/2019
NeuromancerGibsonComputer Science; Sci-Fi5/2019
On the RoadKerouacNovel5/2020
Once and Future KingWhite2nd; Novel4/28/2018
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s NestKeseyNovel8/28/2021
One Minute Manager (NEW) (2006)Blanchard / JohnsonStudent Recommended11/25/2017
One Robe, One BowlRyokanBuddhism6/25/2016
Power of Silence (The)Castaneda2nd; 28; Mysticism08/24/2013; 4/2019
Rama: American BuddhaRama studentsRama4/30/2016; 11/27/21
RamayanaBuck28; Buddhism6/2020
Return of the King (Lord of the Rings Part 3)Tolkien2nd; Sci Fi12/29/2018
Samurai Selling: The Ancient Art of Service in SalesLaughlin / SageMartial Arts; Business10/30/2021
Second Ring of PowerCastanedaMysticism1/30/2021
Self RelianceEmersonBusiness3/31/2018
SiddharthaHesse2nd; Buddhism; Novel12/30/2017
Snow Lion’s Turquoise Mane (1992)Surya DasStudent Recommended2/25/2017
Snowboarding to NirvanaRama – Dr. Frederick Lenz28; Rama; Buddhism; Humor; Mysticism2010; 9/27/2014; 10/2020; 6/26/21
Sorcerer’s CrossingAbelarMysticism3/25/2017
Spiritual Teachings of Ramana Maharshi (The) (1972)MaharshiBuddhism (Ben L. List)4/30/2022
Stand (The)King2nd; Suspense6/25/2022
Stranger in a Strange LandHeinleinSci Fi6/27/2015
Supreme Yoga; Yoga VasisthaVenkatesananda12; Buddhism1/31/2015; 2/28/2015; 2/24/2018
Surfing the HimalayasRama – Dr. Frederick Lenz28; Rama; Buddhism; Humor; Mysticism2010; 7/26/2014; 7/2020; 12/31/2022
Tales of PowerCastaneda12; 2nd; 28; Mysticism9/24/2016
TalismanKing2nd; Suspense4/28/2012
Tantric Mysticism of TibetBlofeldBuddhism; Mysticism9/2020
Teachings of Don JuanCastaneda2nd; Mysticism7/2015
Thief of AlwaysBarkerSuspense3/28/2015
Thriving on ChaosPeters2nd; Business10/2015
Tibet’s Great Yogi MilarepaEvans-Wentz2nd; 28; Buddhism12/15/2012
Tibetan Book of Great Liberation (The)Evans-Wentz28; Buddhism4/25/2014
Tibetan Book of Living and Dying (The)RinpocheBuddhism8/27/2022
Tibetan Book of the Dead (The)Evans-Wentz12; 28; Mysticism8/13/2011
Tibetan Yoga and Secret DoctrineEvans-Wentz2nd; 28; Mysticism1/27/2013
Total Relaxation: The Complete Program to Overcome Stress, Tension, Worry and FatigueRama – Dr. Frederick LenzRama4/2020
Transforming the OrganizationKelly / GouillartBusiness11/30/2013
Two Towers (Lord of the Rings Part 2)Tolkien2nd; Sci Fi11/24/2018
UlyssesJoyceNovel11/29/2014; 12/27/2014
Understanding MediaMcLuhanBusiness8/2015
Upanishads (The)Prabhavananda / Manchester12; Buddhism; Mysticism5/27/2017
Walden and Civil DisobedienceThoreau12; 2nd; Novel9/29/2018
Way of Life (The) by Lao-TzuBrynner12; 28; Buddhism; Poetry06/28/2014; 11/26/2016
WeaveworldBarkerSci Fi12/2015
Wheel of Dharma (The)Rama – Dr. Frederick LenzRama8/2019
Wheel of TIme (The): The Shamans Of Mexico – Their Thoughts About Life, Death And The Universe (1998)CastanedaStudent Recommended5/26/2018
Zen Mind, Beginner’s MindSuzuki2nd; Zen7/29/2017