Suggested Readings for Unconditional Healing Program Participants

Following are just a few of the many books that communicate a sane and inspiring approach to working gently with our body and minds on illness, healing and death and dying  (in no particular order).



Boundless Healing by Tulku Thondup
Healing Meditations- Simple Exercises for Health, Peace and Well-Being  by Tulku  Thondup
The Healing Path by Mark Barasch
Healing Dreams by Mark Barasch
Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain, and Illness by Jon Kabat-Zinn
Lotus in the Fire – The Healing Power of Zen by Jim Bedard
The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying by Sogyal Rinpoche
Close to the Bone: Life-Threatening Illness as a Soul Journey  by Jean Shinoda Bolen, M.D.
Making Friends with Death: A Buddhist Guide to Encountering Mortality by Judith Lief
Turning the Mind into an Ally by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche
Emotional Alchemy: How the Mind Can Heal the Heart – by Tara Bennett-Goleman
Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life with the Heart of a Buddha  by Tara Brach
How to be Sick: A Buddhist-Inspired Guide for the Chronically Ill and Their Caregivers by Toni Bernhard
Falling Upward: Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life by Richard Rohr
Please Note: If you have a favorite book that is not on this list that has touched you and helped you to work with illness and healing, I’d like to hear from you.  Please write to Jeff Rubin at



                                  Practicing in Bed when too ill to sit on a cushion or chair


Note:  The following is a guided practice that is done in a group setting at the weekend workshop.  It also can be done individually as well.  It is especially applicable at bedtime or when is feeling anxious or fatigued. 

1.  Lie down in bed on your back with your feet comfortably apart.  Place your right hand flat on your tummy about 1.5 inches below your navel. Left hand then goes over right hand.  Place your attention on your stomach rising and falling and feel your breath go in and out. Breathe from that area rather than your chest if you can.   Feel your hands go up and down. When you are able to stabilize, attend to the out-breath only, and let the in-breath fend for itself.  Let go of anything else you “should” be doing other than laying down and breathing.

2. If in pain or discomfort, make no attempt to resist. This only intensifies the sensation. Instead merge your awareness with the pain without reservation or splitting mind into an observer separate from the observed.   Surrender completely to feeling poorly, even going so far as groaning or moaning out loud.  Let go into the sadness and discomfort.

3. Visualize a Source of Power above your head.  This can be any image with which you have a connection, and which you consider as a source of healing, compassion, light, energy.  For the workshop, I use an image of the Great Eastern Sun because I want it non-denominational.  You can use White Tara, Medicine Buddha, your teacher, Jesus Christ, Mohammed, etc.  Feel rays of light and healing and bliss emanating from the Source of Power penetrating your heart center and spreading healing energy throughout your body.   Become a body of heat, bliss and healing energy.

Alternately: Create a protective net of healing energy over your entire bed and yourself emanating from the Source of Power.  Supplicate the Source of Power to retain the healing net over you throughout the night, protecting you and healing you until you awaken.