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Suggested Reading

June 5, 2012

by Stephen Damon

After my last post on reading, I thought I should offer a recommended book list for people interested in getting a basic idea of Zen.  If I had to pick one book from each list I would pick Moon in a Dewdrop, which is a selection of writings by Eihei Dogen, the founder of Soto Zen in Japan, and Zen, Mind, Beginner’s Mind, by Suzuki Roshi, the first ancestor of Soto Zen in America.


The Zen Teaching of Bodhidarma, translated by Red Pine

Moon in a Dewdrop, edited by Tanahashi

Dogen’s Extensive Record, translated by Leighton and Okamura

The Diamond Sutra and Sutra of Hui-neng, by A.F. Price and Wong Mou-lam

The Unborn, by Bankei

Zen’s Chinese Heritage, edited by Andrew Ferguson

A Primer of Zen, by Reiho Masunaga

Unlocking the Zen Koan, translated by Thomas Cleary

Cultivating the Empty Field, translated by Taigen Leighton

Zen Teaching of Huang Po, translated by John Blofield


Zen, Mind, Beginner’s Mind,  by Suzuki Roshi

Returning to Silence, by Dainin Katagiri

You Have to Say Something, by Dainin Katagiri

Each Moment is the Universe, by Dainin Katagiri

Not Always So, by Suzuki Roshi

Opening the Hand of Thought, by Uchiyama

Faces of Compassion, by Taigen Leighton

Taking the Path of Zen by Robert Aitken

Being Upright, by Reb Anderson

Practice of the Wild, by Gary Snyder

Happy Reading!



From → Zen Buddhism

One Comment
  1. Brad Warner’s Hardcore Zen: Punk Rock, Monster Movies, & the Truth about Reality and Sit Down and Shut Up: Punk Rock Commentaries on Buddha, God, Truth, Sex, Death, and Dogen’s Treasury of the Right Dharma Eye are good contemporary works.

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