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[–] Tat_Tvam_Asi 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Tao Te Ching by Stephen Mitchell.

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[–] Skanda 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

The Foundations of Buddhism by Rupert Gethin for an overview of Shakyamuni's teachings.

And Mahayana Buddhism: The Doctrinal Foundations by Paul Williams for Mahayana specifically.

If you want an in-depth look at the Buddhist path from the point of view of a real master, I recommend Way to Buddhahood by Venerable Yin-Shun.

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[–] realitone 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago  (edited ago)

I'll check that book out! Though I'd like to suggest that the original texts are always a great (if not the best) source - in my opinion because they sometimes require you to consider, understand, discern and integrate it into your life-view instead of always just telling you the way. You can find some good translations of the Pali canon here: http://www.accesstoinsight.org/

(oops, I see this is already linked in the sidebar!)

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[–] swagath 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Hey, thanks for sharing this. I'll give it a read when I'm done with the one I'm currently reading.

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[–] maracot 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

This was the book that got me started as well. It's perfect for the beginner. Everything just clicked as I was reading it.