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Recommended Books to Deepen Your Practice

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It’s wonderful to dip into the diversity of interpretations regarding the tradition of meditation. Reading offers a chance to deepen your understanding of the concepts associated with the tradition of mediation no matter where you are on your journey. 

 

Here is a list of books that you may find helpful. You can start anywhere you wish, go where your curiosity leads you.

 

BEGINNING

John Daishin Buksbazen, Zen Meditation in Plain English


Shunryu Suzuki, Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind


Charlotte Joko Beck, Everyday Zen


Peter Mattheisen, Nine Headed Dragon River


Robert Aitken, Taking the Path of Zen


Jack Kornfield, A Path with Heart


John Daido Loori, The Still Point


Taizan Maezumi, Appreciate Your Life


Thich Nhat Hanh, The Heart of the Buddha’s Teaching


Pema Chodron, When Things Fall Apart


Chogyam Trungpa, Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism

 

ESTABLISHING

Kaz Tanahashi (editor), Beyond Thinking: A Guide to Zen Meditation


Zhengue Honghzhi, Cultivating the Empty Field: The Silent Illumination of Zen Master Hongzhi.


Dogen, The Wholehearted Way


Bernie Glassman, Instructions to the Cook: A Zen Master’s Lessons in Living a Life That Matters


Peter Mattheissen, Are We There Yet?: A Zen Journey Through Space and Time


Damien Keown, Buddhist Ethics: A Very Short Introduction


Dan Taigen Leighton, (tran.) Cultivating the Empty Field


Shohaku Okumura, Living by Vow: A Practical Introduction to Eight Essential Zen Chants and Texts


Zenkai Shibayama, Gateless Barrier: Zen Comments on the Mumonkan


Shunryu Suzuki, Branching Streams Flow in the Darkness: Zen Talks on the Sandokai

 

DEEPENING

Francis Cook, Transmitting the Light: Zen Master Kaizan’s Denkoroku


Red Pine, The Zen Teaching of Bodhidharma


Dogen, Moon in a Dewdrop: Writings of Zen Master Dogen


Dogen. How to Cook Your Life: From the Zen Kitchen to Enlightenment


Dongshan, Just This Is It: Dongshan and the Practice of Suchness


Burton Watson, (tran.) The Analects of Confucius


Burton Watson, (tran.) Zhuangzi: Basic Writings


Ben Connelly, Inside the Grass Hut: Living Shitou’s Classic Zen Poem


Philip Yampolsky, The Platform Sutra of the Sixth Patriarch


Andrew Ferguson, Zen’s Chinese Heritage: The Masters and Their Teachings


Lex Hixon, Living Buddha Zen


Steven Heine (ed.). Zen Ritual: Studies of Zen Buddhist Theory in Practice

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