Selected Bibliography and Recommendations

The books and articles listed here are a selection of those that I have found useful in my studies and would recommend to anyone delving into relationship between science, religion, mysticism, psychology, mathematics, consciousness studies and so forth. They are arranged as an alphabetical list of authors rather than topics since there is too much overlap for any sensible topic list. I have not included canonical scriptures but have included some useful collections, summaries and commentaries. Nor is there much listed from the ‘enlightenment’ literature, just some nice examples, since it is vast and inevitably repetitive. The list is idiosyncratic and to some extent arbitrary, but it should not contain anything not worth reading. It will grow over time.


Ahmed, Hadhrat Mirza Ghulam, The Philosophy of the Teachings of Islam, Islam International Publications, 1996.

Anderson, Margaret, The Unknowable Gurdjieff, Penguin/Arkana. 1991

Anscombe, G. E. M. An Introduction to Wittgenstein’s Tractatus, Hutchinson, 1971.

Armstrong, Karen. Buddha, Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2000.

Arberry, A. J, Sufism, Mandala, 1979

Aurelius, Marcus, Meditations, Penguin, 1995

Aurobindo, Sri, The Life Divine, Lotus Press, 1942

Baldock, John. The Essence of Sufism, Arcturus, 2004

———- The Essence of Rumi, Arcturus, 2005

Balsekar, Ramesh, The Ultimate Understanding, Watkins, 2002.

Bell, John L, Hermann Weyl on intuition and the continuum,

Bharati, Swami Agehananda, The Ochre Robe, George Allen & Unwin, 1961

Bouquet, C. Comparative Religion, Penguin, London, 1962.

Bradley, Francis H. Appearance and Reality, Oxford University Press, 1951.

——— Essays on Truth and Reality, Elibron, (2005)

Brown, G. S. Laws of Form, George Allen and Unwin Ltd, London, 1969

Campbell, Joseph, Thou Art That: Transforming Religious Metaphor, New World Library, 2001

Carr-Gomm, Philip, In the Grove of the Druids: The Druid Teaching of Ross Nichols, Watkins Publishing, 2002

Chalmers, David J. Facing up to the problem of consciousness, Journal of Consciousness Studies, 2:200-219, 1995

——— Moving forward on the problem of consciousness, Journal of Consciousness Studies, 4(1):3-46. 1995

Ch’ine, Edward T. The conception of language and the use of paradox in Buddhism and Taoism, Journal of Chinese Philosophy, Vol. 11, 1984

Chittister, Joan, The Rule of Benedict: Insights for the Ages, Crossroads, 2005

Chuang-Tsu. Chuang-tsu, Inner Chapters, Trans. Gia-Fu Feng and Jane English, Amber Lotus Publishing, 2000.

——— The Book of Chuang Tzu, Trans. Martin Palmer et al. Penguin, (2006)

Cleary, Thomas, (Trans. & Ed.) The Essential Confucius, Harper Collins, 1992

Corcoran, J. Aristotle’s Prior Analytics and Boole’s Laws of Thought, History and Philosophy of Logic, 24 (2003)

Cowan, James, Aborigine Dreaming: An Introduction to the Wisdom and Thought of the Aboriginal Tradition of Australia, HarperCollins, 1992

Dalai Lama, HH the, Dzogchen: The Heart Essence of the Great Perfection, Snow Lion, 2000

——— The Transformed Mind: Reflections on Truth, Love and Happiness, Holder & Stoughton, 2000

——— The Essential Dalai Lama, (Ed. Rajiv Mehrotra), Hodder & Stoughton, 2005

——— (w. Howard Cutler) The Art of Happiness: A Handbook for Living, Coronet, 1998

——— Reflections from the Journey of Life: Collected Sayings of the Dalai Lama, (Ed. Catherine Barry) North Atlantic Books, 2002

Davies, Paul. The Mind of God, Penguin, 1992.

——— The Goldilocks Enigma, Penguin, 2007.

Dhamma, Rewata, The First Discourse of the Buddha, Wisdom Publications, 1997

Escriva, Josemaria, The Way, Random House, 1982

Feynman, Richard P, The Character of Physical Law, Penguin, 1965/1992

——— QED – The Strange Theory of Light and Matter, Penguin, 1990

Field, Reshad, The Invisible Way: A Time to Love – A Time to Die, Element, 1979

France, Peter, Hermits: The Insights of Solitude, Chatto & Windus, 1996

Garfield, Jay L, The Fundamental Wisdom of the Middle Way: Nagarjuna’s Mulamadhyamakakarika, OUP, 1995

Gyamtso, Khenpo Tsütrim. The Sun of Wisdom, Teachings on the Noble Nagarjuna’s Fundamental Wisdom of the Middle Way, Shambala, 2003.

Gyatso, Geshe Kelsang, Universal Compassion, Tharpa Publications, 2002

——— Heart of Wisdom: An Explanation of the Heart Sutra, Tharpa Publication, 1986

Happold, F. C. Mysticism, Penguin, 1964.

Hart, David Bentley,The Experience of God: Being, Consciousness, Bliss, Yale University Press, 2013

——–The Story of Christianity, Quercus Editions, 2013

Hartnack, Justus, An Introduction to Hegel’s Logic, Hackett Publishing, 1998

Heidegger, Martin. Existence and Being, 1949

——— Introduction to Metaphysics, (Ed. Fried and Polt) Yale University Press, 2000

Heisenberg, Werner, Physics and Philosophy, Penguin, 1958/1989

Hoeller, Stephen A, Gnosticism: New Light of the Ancient Tradition of Inner Knowing, Quest, 2002

Hotz, Michael, (Ed.) Holding the Lotus to the Rock: An Autobiography of Sokei-an, America’s First Zen Master, Four Walls Eight Windows, 2002

Hume, David, (Ed. Beauchamp) An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding, OUP, 1999

Jenkins, Philip, The Lost History of Christianity, Lion Books, 2008

Kant, Immanuel. Critique of Pure Reason, Penguin, 2007.

Kaplan, Robert. The Nothing That Is – A Natural History of Zero, Penguin, London, 1999.

Kapleau, Philip, The Three Pillars of Zen, Anchor Books, 2000

Korner, S. Kant, Pelican, 1955

Kraft, Kenneth, (Ed.) Philip Kapleau and the Three Pillars of Zen: Zen Teaching, Zen Practice, Weatherhill, 2000

Krishnamurti, J, Freedom from the Known, Random House, 2010

Leighton, Taigon Dan. Cultivating the Empty Field, The Silent Illumination of Zen Master Hongzhi, Tuttle Publishing, 2000.

Lorrie, Peter & Mascetti, Manuela, The Quotable Spirit: A Treasury of Religious and Spiritual Quotations, Newleaf, 1996

Lucas, J. R. , Mind, Machines and Gödel, Philosophy, XXXVI (1961)

Luibheid, Colm, (Trans.) Pseudo-Dionysius: The Complete Works, Paulist Press, 1987

Lancaster, Brian. The Essence of Kabbalah, Arcturus Publishing, 2005.

Mathews, John. (Ed.) At the Table of the Grail, Watkins Publishing, 2002.

McGinn, Colin. The Making of a Philosopher, Simon and Schuster, 2002

McGreal, Ian P., (Ed.) Great Thinkers of the Eastern World, Harper Collins, 1995

Melhuish, George. The Paradoxical Nature of Reality, St. Vincent’s Press, 1993.

Miles, Sian, (Ed.) Simone Weil: An Anthology, Penguin, 2005

Mitchell, Stephen, The Gospel According to Jesus, Rider, 1992

Mohrhoff, Ulrich, The World According to Quantum Mechanics: Why the Laws of Physics Make Perfect Sense After All, World Scientific, 2011

MSI, Enlightenment: The Yoga Sutra of Patanjali, SFA Publications, 1996

Neihardt, John G, Black Elk Speaks: Being the Life Story of a Holy Man of the Oglala Sioux, State University of New York Press, (2008)

Nikhilananda, (Swami), Hinduism: Its Meaning for the Liberation of Spirit, George Allen and Unwin, 1959

Nirodbaran, Sri Aurobindo for All Ages: A Biography, Sri Aurobindo Ashram Trust, 1990

Nott, C.S, Teachings of Gurdjieff: A Pupil’s Journal, Penguin, 1961

Osho, Heartbeat of the Absolute: Commentaries on the Ishavasya Upanishad, Element Books, 1994

Pagels, Elaine, The Gnostic Gospels, Phoenix, 1979

Palmer, Sherrard & Ware (trans & ed.) The Philokalia, Faber & Faber, 1984

Parks, Tim, Teach Us To Sit Still: A Sceptic’s Search for Health and Healing, Vintage Books, 2010

Pickover, Clifford A. Surfing through Hyperspace, Oxford University Press, 1999.

Plotinus. Enneads, Penguin, 1991.

Radhakrishnan, S. The Philosophy of the Upanishads, George Allen & Unwin, 1924.

Rael, Joseph, E. Beautiful Painted Arrow, Element Books, 1992.

Rahula, Walpola, What the Buddha Taught, Wisdom Books, 1990

Readhead, Michael, From Physics to Metaphysics, Cambridge University Press, 1995

Robertson, Robin. Jungian Archetypes, Jung, Gödel and the History of Archetypes, Nicolas-Hays Inc, 1995.

——— Some-thing from No-thing: G. Spencer-Brown’s Laws of Form, (

Robinson, Andrew, God and the World of Signs: Trinity, Evolution and the Metaphysical Semiotics of C.S. Peirce, Brill, (2010)

Robinson, James M, (Ed) The Nag Hammadi Library: The Definitive Translation of the Gnostic Scriptures Complete in One Volume, Harper Collins, 1990

Rumi, The Masnavi, (Trans. Jawid Mojaddedi) OUP, 2004

Russell, Bertrand. The Problems of Philosophy, Oxford University Press, 1980.

Sainsbury, R. M., Paradoxes, Cambridge University Press, 1995.

Scrödinger, Erwin, What is Life?- with Mind and Matter and Autobiographical Sketches, Cambridge University Press, 2004

Seddon, Richard, Mani: His Life and Work; Transforming Evil, Temple Lodge, 2012

Simon, Bernard, The Essence of the Gnostics, Arcturus/Eagle, 2004

Smart, Ninian, The World’s Religions, Cambridge University Press, 1989

Sokei-an. Holding the Lotus to the Rock, The Autobiography of Sokei-an, America’s First Zen Master, Ed.

Sprigge, T. L. S. James and Bradley, American Truth and British Reality, Open Court Publishing, 1993.

Stevens, John, (Trans.) One Robe, One Bowl, The Zen Poetry of Ryokan, Weatherhill, 2004

Suzuki, Daisetz Teitaro, The Awakening of Zen, (Ed. Christmas Humphries) Shambala, 2000

Tigunait, Pandit Rajmani, The Himalayan Masters: A Living Tradition, The Himalayan Institute, 2002

Thera, Nyanaponika. Abhidhamma Studies – Buddhist Explorations of Consciousness and Time, Wisdom Publications/Buddhist Publication Society, 1949/1998

Trungpa, Chögyam, Glimpses of Abhidharma, Shambala, 1975

Underhill, Evelyn, Mysticism: The Nature and Development of Spiritual Consciousness, Oneworld, 2000

Wallace, B. Allan, The Taboo of Subjectivity: Towards a New Science of Consciousness, OUP, 2000

Ward, Benedicta, (Trans. & Foreword), The Sayings of the Desert Fathers, Cistercian Publications , 1975

Ward, Keith. God: A Guide for the Perplexed , Oneworld Publications, Oxford, 2002.

Ware, Timothy, The Orthodox Church, Penguin, 1993

Weyl, Hermann, The Continuum: A Critical Examination of the Foundations of Analysis Dover, 1987

Whittaker, C.W.A. Aristotle’s De Interpretatione, Contradiction and Dialectic, Oxford University Press, 2002

Wilbur, Ken, Quantum Questions: Mystical Writings of the World’s Great Physicists, Shambala, 1985

Yeshe. Lama, Introduction to Tantra: The Transformation of Desire, Wisdom Publications, 2001

Zachner, R. C. (Trans.) Hindu Scriptures, J. M. Dent & Sons, 1966.


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