Reading Materials

There are no required readings for the course. There are, however, a large variety of philosophic and spiritual literature that serves as a basis for the class material. The school also runs a small lending library of relevant books brought in by students. Included below is a list of recommended texts.


Good Company (Sayings, Stories, Answers) - Shantanand Saraswati, Shankaracharya of Northern India. Element Books.

The Man Who Wanted to Meet God (Myths that Explain the Inexplicable) - Shantanand Saraswati, Shankaracharya of Northern India. Element Books.

The Power of Now - Eckhart Tolle

The New Earth - Eckhart Tolle

From Science to God - Peter Russel

Who You Are - Joseph Kloss

The Geeta (The Gospel of the Lord Shri Krishna) - Shri Purohit Swami, translator. Faber and Faber.

The Ten Principal Upanishads - Shri Purohit Swami and W. B. Yeats, translators. Faber and Faber.

The Perennial Philosophy - Aldous Huxley, Perennial Library/Harper & Row.

Holy Bible - King James Version

Plato: The Last Days of Socrates - Hugh Tredennick, translator. Penguin Classics.

The Sonnets - William Shakespeare

The Odyssey of Homer - E. V. Rieu, Rev. D. C. H. Rieu, translators. Penguin Classics.

The Spiritual Teaching of Ramana Maharshi - Forward by C. G. Jung. Shambhala Dragon Editions.

Tao Te Ching - Lao Tzu. Gia-Fu Feng and Jane English, translators. Vintage.

Dhammapada - Irving Babbitt, translator. New Directions Paperback.

The Prophet - Khalil Gibran. Alfred A. Knopf.

Meditations - Marcus Aurelius. Maxwell Stamforth, translator and editor. Penguin Classics.

Selected Essays, Lectures and Poems of Ralph Waldo Emerson - Robert E. Spiller, editor. Washington Square Press.

The Psychology of Man's Possible Evolution - P. D. Ouspensky. Vintage.

Shadows in the Cave (Mapping the Conscious Universe) - Graham Dunstan Martin. Arkana.

Siddhartha - Hermann Hesse. New Directions.

Songs of Kabir - Rabindranath Tagore, translator. Samuel Weiser.

How Can I Help? (Stories and Reflections of Service) - Ram Dass and Paul Gorman. Alfred A. Knopf.

The Book of Secrets - Dr. Deepak Chopra - Harmony Books.