Tuesday, February 14, 2006


From time to time I am asked for titles of books that treat the elements of Zen. Of the numerous existing titles, here are a few that do a good job of exploring the basics. Most are relatively easy to read and to comprehend.

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Zen Living, Gary. McClain & Eve Adamson, Alpha Books, Macmillian USA, Indianapolis, Indiana

Zen in the Art of Archery, Eugen Herrigel, Vintage Books, New York

The Method of Zen, Eugen Herrigel, Routledge and Kegan Paul Ltd, London

Zen Flesh Zen Bones, A Collection of Zen and Pre-Zen Writings, compiled by Paul Reps, Charles E. Tuttle, Co., Rutland, Vermont

The Roaring Stream, A New Zen Reader, edited by Nelson Foster and Jack Shoemaker, The Ecco Press, Hopewell, New Jersey

Zen Buddhism, Selected Writings of D.T. Suzuki, edited by William Barrett, Doubleday Anchor Books, Garden City, New York.


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