Hi All,

I have been working for awhile, trying to put together a "Recommended Book List" (while trying to re-read as many of the titles as possible). I have not gotten as far in that as I would like, but here is the list so far. If anyone has any particular input, please drop me an email or post a message here ...

If you have any suggestions, write me. I won't put anything on the list until I have read it however.

Books marked with ** are suggested for beginners and experienced folks alike.


1- Opening the Hand of Thought by Kosho Uchiyama Roshi (2004 Edition) **
2- From The Zen Kitchen To Enlightenment: Refining Your Life by Eihei Dogen; Kosho Uchiyama Roshi (Translator) **


Nothing Is Hidden : Essays on Zen Master Dogen's Instructions for the Cook by Shohaku Okumura Roshi **

3- A Heart To Heart Chat On Buddhism With Old Master Gudo by Gudo Wafu Nishijima Roshi (Jundo Cohen, Translator) **
4- The Wholehearted Way, A Commentary on Dogen’s Bendowa by Kosho Uchiyama Roshi **
5- What the Buddha Taught: Revised and Expanded Edition by Walpola Rahula **
6- Buddhism Plain and Simple by Steve Hagen **
7- Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind by Shunryu Suzuki Roshi **


Not Always So: Practicing the True Spirit of Zen by Shunryu Suzuki Roshi **


Branching Streams Flow in the Darkness: Talks on Sandokai by Shunryu Suzuki Roshi

8- The Heart Sutra by Red Pine (Bill Porter)


Heart of Understanding: Commentaries on Heart Sutra by Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh

9- Sit Down and Shut Up by Brad Warner **
10- Everyday Zen: Love & Work by Charlotte Joko Beck **


Nothing Special: Living Zen by Charlotte Joko Beck **

11- Enlightenment Unfolds (the essential teachings of Dogen) by Kazuaki Tanahashi **


Moon in a Dewdrop: Writings of Zen Master Dogen by Kazuaki Tanahashi **

12- Zen Buddhism, Volume 1: A History, India & China by Heinrich Dumoulin


Zen Buddhism, Volume 2: A History (Japan) by Heinrich Dumoulin

13- Master Dogen's Shobogenzo-Zuimonki available online: **

Gateless Barrier: Zen Comments on the Mumonkan by Zenkai Shibayama
Book of Serenity: One Hundred Zen Dialogues by Thomas Cleary
Master Dogen's Shinji Shobogenzo (Koan Collection) by Gudo Nishijima Roshi

15- The Mind of Clover: Essays in Zen Buddhist Ethics by Robert Aitken
16- No Death, No Fear by Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh
17- The Platform Sutra: The Zen Teaching of Hui-Neng translated Red Pine (Bill Porter)