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
Robert Aitken The Mind of Clover
Taking the Path of Zen
The Practice of Perfection
Original Dwelling Place
Charlotte Joko Beck Everyday Zen
Nothing Special
David Chadwick Crooked Cucumber: the Life and Zen Teaching of Shunryu Suzuki
Francis Cook How to Raise an Ox
Sounds of Valley Streams
Dainin Katagiri Returning to Silence
You Have to Say Something
Each Moment is the Universe
Jakusho Kwong No Beginning, No End
Trevor Leggett, trans. The Tiger's Cave (section by Obora Roshi)
Taigen Daniel Leighton
& Yi Wu
Cultivating the Empty Field: the Silent Illumination of Zen Master Hongzhi
Shohaku Okumura Soto Zen
The Heart of Zen: Practice Without Gaining Mind
Realizing Genjokoan, the Key to Dogenís Shobogenzo
Living by Vow
Ch'an Master Sheng-yen The Method of No Method: the Chan Practice of Silent Illumination
Footprint of the Ox: Principles of the Chan Buddhist Path
Shunryu Suzuki Branching Streams Flow in the Darkness
Not Always So: Practicing the True Spirit of Zen
Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind

Crooked Cucumber: the Life and Zen Teaching of Shunryu Suzuki by David Chadwick

Kazuaki Tanahashi Beyond Thinking: a Guide to Zen Meditation
Moon in a Dewdrop: Writings of Zen Master Dogen
Enlightenment Unfolds
Treasury of the True Dharma Eye (Dogen's Shobogenzo)
Kosho Uchiyama How to Cook Your Life: Refining Your Life
Opening the Hand of Thought: Approach to Zen
The Wholehearted Way: a Translation of Eihei Dogen's Bendowa
Other Buddhist Books
Joseph Goldstein The Experience of Insight
Joseph Goldstein and Jack Kornfield Seeking the Heart of Wisdom
Henepola Gunaratana Mindfulness in Plain English
Thich Nhat Hanh Miracle of Mindfulness
Heart of Understanding
Old Path, White Cloud
Diamond that Cuts Through Illusion
Heart of Buddha's Teaching
Transforming Suffering into Peace, Joy and Liberation
Pema Chodron The Wisdom of No Escape
Start Where You Are
When Things Fall Apart
Practicing Peace in Times of War
Larry Rosenberg and David Guy Breath by Breath: the Liberating Practice of Insight Meditation
Meditation Cushions, Benches, & Clothing
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P.O. Box 509
Micaville, NC 28755-0509
(828) 675-0490
Hillsborough, NC
Sitting Wear 
(Meditation Robes)
Hillsborough, NC 27278
(919) 732-3178
Chapel Hill, NC
Mindfully Made Zen Stitchery
(Hipparis, Pants, Jubons, Oryoki Cloths, Sutra Covers)
PJ Mooney
100 Alba Lane
Durham, NC  27707-9506
Chapel Hill, NC SutraCovers.com
P.O. Box 9901
Chapel Hill, NC 27515-1901
(866) 633-6053
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