An assortment of suggested initial readings.

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Basic Buddhism:

Entering the Stream: An Introduction to the Buddha and His Teachings, ed. Samuel Bercholz, Shambhala, 1993

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

Buddhism Plain and Simple


Teachings of the 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 Gateless Gate, Koun Yamada, Wisdom, 2004

Zen Comments on the Mumonkon, Zenkei Shibayama, HarperCollins, 1984


Contemporary Voices:

Subtle Sound: The Zen Teachings of Maurine Stuart, ed. Roko Chayat, Shambhala, 1996

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

Returning To Silence, Dainin Katagiri, Shambhala, 1988

Living By Vow, Shohaku Okamura, Wisdom, 2012

Opening the Hand of Thought, Kosho Uchiyama, Wisdom, 2004

Realizing Genjokoan, Shohaku Okamura, Wisdom, 2010

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

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

Turning Suffering Inside Out, Darlene Cohen, Shambhala, 2002