Rick’s Favorites

With Respect

I have learned a great deal from the people or organizations on this page, and am very grateful to them. Many of them are supported through the generosity of others, and if you were so inclined, that would be one more good thing in this world.


These are some of my favorite books. I love to read and hope you like these books as much as I have.
(Disclosure: If you follow their links to Amazon, I get a little bit of compensation as an “Amazon Associate,” but you are welcome to purchase them elsewhere, including your local bookstore.)

Introduction to Positive Neuroplasticity

Family Life

Psychological Tools

Mathematics, and Physical and Biological Sciences

Social Sciences

Science Fiction and Fantasy

Selected Buddhist Readings

Buddhism has several major lineages – Theravadan (based on the original teachings of the Buddha), Tibetan, Chan, Zen, and Pure Land – as well as modern variations and syntheses of these. My background is mainly Theravadan, and I welcome suggestions for other lineages.


If you’re getting just one book


Solid introductions, from a Western perspective


When the going gets tough


For meditative absorption and insight








Modern interpretations

Other Spiritual Literature

General Fiction


Like everybody else, my tastes are a little – ah – eclectic. See if you like these.


Psychological Resources

Authentic Happiness

Awakening Joy – James Baraz & Shoshana Alexander

First 30 Days

Good Therapy

Inward Traveler

Mental Help Net

My Path TV

Out of the Well (of depression)

Psychology Degree

Psychology Information Online


Yoga for Depression

Mental Health for Students with Loans

Wilderness Retreats through Desert Dharma


The Center for Mindfulness and Psychotherapy

The Centre for Mindfulness Studies

Mindful Awareness Research Center (UCLA)

Mindfulness Research



Pain Maps

The Healer is You

The Practical Nurse


Deric Bownds

Jonathan Cohen

Richard Davidson

Sara Lazar

Evan Thompson


Tara Brach

Leigh Brasington

Mark Coleman

Jack Kornfield

Sharon Salzberg


The Accidental Mind

How To Be Sick

Mind in Life

Psyche’s Palace

Synaptic Self


Cranky Fitness

Developing Intelligence

Frontal Cortex

Healing Whole

Imperfect Spirituality


Life Beyond Logic


Meditation Corner

The Mindful Moment

Mindfully Managing Diabetes

The Pen and the Bell

Pocket Perspectives

Stressing Out


Center for Building a Culture of Empathy

Center for Contemplative Mind in Society

Center for Investigating Healthy Minds

The Dana Foundation

Edge Foundation


Fetzer Institute

Institute of Noetic Sciences

Kira Institute

Metanexus Institute

Mind and Life Institute

Monroe Institute

My Grey Matters

NeuroLeadership Institute

Redwood Center for Theoretical Neuroscience (UC Berkeley)

Sage Center

Santa Barbara Institute for Consciousness Studies

Swartz Foundation

Yoga Science Foundation

Professional Associations

American Academy of Neurology

American Psychological Association

Association for Appled Psychophysiology and Biofeedback

GAINS (interpersonal neurobiology)


Astronomy Picture of the Day

The Beautiful Brain

Science Magazine


Ajayan (Henry James Borys)

Belief Net

Marin Interfaith Council


365 Nirvana

Abhayagiri Monastery

Access to Insight

Assoc for Mindfulness in Education

Awakening Joy (James Baraz)

Bodhi Monastery

Buddha Net

Buddhist Channel

Buddhist Geeks

Buddhist Library

Dalai Lama and Barbara Walters

Deep Streams

Dharma Gleanings

Dharma Net

Dharma Seed

Dharma Talks (Ajahn Chah and others)

Dhamma Tube

Gaia House


Inquiring Mind

Insight Meditation Center (Gil Fronsdal)

Insight Meditation, San Francisco (Eugene Cash)

Insight Meditation, Washington DC (Tara Brach)

Interdependence Project

Intro to Meditation (Gil Fronsdal)

Intro to Meditation (Phil Jones)

Jhanas Advice

Life Balance Institute

Metta Foundation (Gregory Kramer)

Mindfulness for Young Children

New York Insight Meditation Center

No Bull Dharma


Pema Chodren and Bill Moyers

S. N. Goenka

Sati Center

Spirit Rock Meditation Center

Straight from the Heart

Thai Nuns

Vajrapani Institute


Ben Campbell Johnson

Center for Action and Contemplation

Center for Process Studies

Centering Prayer

Christians Practicing Yoga

Heart’s Rest Retreats

Spiritual Directors International

Social Justice

Buddhist Peace Fellowship

Compassion Project

Council for Human Rights of Children

Greater Good Magazine

Greater Good Science Center

Pluralism Project


Nothing but Hope and Passion

Family Life

Child and Family Web Guide (Tufts Univ)

Essential Parenting

Kinder Start

The Marce Society

Mindful Motherhood

Mother Nurture

Mothering Magazine

Postpartum Support International

Raising Happiness (Christine Carter, Ph.D.)


33 Voices

Content Strategy Online


Renewal Retreats

Startup Owl


Attitude Builders

Awakened Relationships