Buddhism and Zen: Suggested Readings

There are many books available on Zen and on Buddhism in general. The following works are recommended either because they are particularly informative, or because they are relevant to the Soto School of Zen as practiced by the Chapel Hill Zen Center.


Soto Zen

Charlotte Joko Beck

Everyday Zen
Nothing Special

David Chadwick

Crooked Cucumber, the Life and Zen Teachings of Shunryu Suzuki

Francis Cook

How to Raise an Ox
Sounds of Valley Streams: Enlightenment in Dogen's Zen

Kazuaki Tanahashi,
translator

Moon in a Dewdrop, Writings of Zen Master Dogen
Enlightenment Unfolds
Beyond Thinking
Treasury of the True Dharma Eye

Dainin Katagiri

Returning to Silence, Zen in Daily Life
You Have to Say Something
Each Moment is the Universe
Zen and the Way of Being Time
The Light that Shines Through Infinity

Jakusho Kwong

No Beginning, No End: The Intimate Heart of Zen

Shohaku Okumura,
translator

Realizing Genjokoan, the Key to Dogen's Shobogenzo
Living by Vow
Soto Zen, An Introduction to Zazen
Shobogenzo Zuimonki
Heart of Zen — Practice without Gaining-mind
The Mountains and Waters Sutra, A Practitioner's Guide to Dogen's Sansuikyo

Shinshu Roberts

Being Time

Shunryu Suzuki

Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind
Branching Streams Flow in the Darkness, Zen Talks on the Sandokai
not always so, practicing the true spirit of Zen

Kosho Uchiyama

How to Cook Your Life
Opening the Hand of Thought
Deepest Practice, Deepest Wisdom

Nishiari Bokusan, et al., translators

Dogen's Genjokoan: Three Commentaries

Other Buddhist Books

Pema Chodron

When Things Fall Apart
Places that Scare You
Practicing Peace in Times of War

Darlene Cohen

Turning Suffering Inside Out: A Zen Approach to Living with Physical and Emotional Pain

Henepola Gunaratana

Mindfulness in Plain English

Taigen D. Leighton with
Yi Wu, translators

Cultivating the Empty Field: The Silent Illumination of Zen Master Hongzhi
Just This is It

Walpola Rahula

What the Buddha Taught

Larry Rosenberg and
David Guy

Breath by Breath: The Liberating Practice of Insight Meditation

Thich Nhat Hanh

Miracle of Mindfulness
The Heart of Understanding
Old Path, White Cloud
The Heart of the Buddha's Teaching, Understanding Our Mind

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Oryoki Practice Instruction

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