Kabouterke wrote:If you had to make a list of essential canonical and non-canonical books/texts/talks that you feel every vipassana meditator should read, what would you put?!
In the canonical category, the Samyutta Nikaya will definitely give you a lot to chew over and think about.
In the non-canonical category, whatever piques your interest and helps you to better understand the practice. That may differ from practitioner to practitioner, so there's no set pathway that can be recommended. As mikenz66 has pointed out, this could be just about anything. In that list that he linked to, I tended to like dipping into a number of authors just to see how they compared with what I experienced and how they came together on the practice. In that vein, Ajahn Chah, Bhante Gunaratana, Ajahn Sumedho, Soma Thera, Sayadaw U Pandita, and of course the ever present Thanissaro Bhikkhu were all grist for my mill.
But when it comes to books that I got the most out of in terms of practice, there are only
two, and both of them are classics: The Heart of Buddhist Meditation
by Nyanaponika Thera and Ven. Analayo's Satipatthana: The Direct Path to Realization
If you read and practice with Nyanaponika's book first, Analayo's book will take up where that book leaves off and provide you with veritable mountain of suggestions for continued practice that will take you into the heart of what Gotama taught and recommended in the Satipattana Suttas.
"The gift of truth exceeds all other gifts" — Dhammapada, v. 354 Craving XXIV