Suggested Reading List for Zen Studies Series

1: History of Zen Buddhism

  • Zen Buddhism: A History, India and China, Vol. 1 by Heinrich Dumoulin
  • Zen Buddhism: A History, Japan, Vol. II by Heinrich Dumoulin
  • Chan Buddhism by Peter Hershcock

2: Tenets and Philosophy of Zen Buddhism

  • The Heart Sutra by Red Pine
  • Mind of Clover by Robert Aitken
  • The Diamond Sutra by Red Pine
  • Mahayana Buddhism by Paul Williams
  • What the Buddha Taught by Walpola Rahula
  • History of Buddhist Philosophy by David Kalupahana
  • Mutual Causality in Buddhism & General System Theory by Joanna Macy
  • Moon in a Dewdrop by Kazuaki Tanahasi
  • Glimpses of Abhidharma by Chogyam Trungpa
  • The Way of the Bodhisattva by Shantideva (Padmakara Transition Group)

3: Precepts, Koans and Liturgy

  • Sitting with Koans by John Daido Loori
  • Realzing Genjokoan by Shohaku Okumura
  • The Roaring Stream by Nelson Foster
  • The Book of Mu by James Ford
  • How to Raise an Ox by Francis Cook

4: Joshin Roshi's Zen Teachings

  • Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism by Chogyam Trungpa
  • Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior by Chogyam Trungpa
  • Appreciate Your Life by Taizan Maezumi
  • Spectrum of Ecstasy: Embracing the Five Wisdom Energies of Vajrayana Buddhism by Ngakpa Chogyam and Khandro Dechen
  • Natural Brilliance by Irini Rockwell
  • How the Swans Came to the Lake by Rick Fields