An assortment of suggested initial readings.

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Basic Buddhism:

What the Buddha Taught, Walpola Rahula, Grove Press, 1959, 1974

 

Teachings of the Zen Ancestors:

Cultivating the Empty Field: The Silent Illumination of Zen Master Hongzhi, trans. Taigen Leighton, Tuttle, 2000

Moon in a Dewdrop: Writings of Zen Master Dogen, ed. K. Tanahashi, Northpoint, 1995

The Book of Serenity, Thomas Cleary, Lindisfarne Press, 1990

The Gateless Gate, Koun Yamada, Wisdom, 2004

 

Contemporary Voices:

Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind, Shunryu Suzuki, Weatherhill, 1973

Living By Vow, Shohaku Okamura, Wisdom, 2012

Everyday Zen: Love and Work, Charlotte Joko Beck, Harper, 2007

Taking the Path of Zen, Robert Aitken, North Point, 1982