Recommended books for Zen practice

For General readers

  • Aitken, Robert.             Taking the Path of Zen. Berkeley, North Point Press. 1982  (paper)
  • Cook, Francis Dojun.    How to Raise an Ox. Boston, Wisdom Publications. 2002 (paper)
  • Harada, Sekkei.           The Essence of Zen. Boston, Wisdom Publications. 2008 (paper)
  • Kapleau, Philip,            The Three Pillars of Zen. N.Y. Doubleday. 1989. (paper)
  • Loori, John Daido.       The Eight Gates of Zen. N.Y. Dharma Communications. 1992. (paper)
  • Riding the Ox Home. Boston, Shambhala. 1999 (paper)
  • Maezumi, Taizan.       On Zen Practice. Boston, Wisdom Publications. 2001 (paper)
  • Appreciate your Life: The Essence of Zen Practice. Boston, Shambhala publications. 2001 (paper)
  • Hazy Moon of Enlightenment. Boston, Wisdom Publications. 2007 (paper)
  • Okumura, Shohaku.    Realizing Genjokoan: the Key to Dogen’s Shobogenzo. Boston, Wisdom Publications. 2010. (paper)
  • Living by Vow: A practical introduction to eight essential Zen chants and texts. Boston, Wisdom Publications.2012. (paper)

For Christian readers

  • Boykin, Kim.                Zen for Christians: A beginner’s guide .San Francisco, Jossey-Bass, 2003
  • Habito, Ruben.           Healing Breath: Zen Spirituality for a Wounded Earth . N.Y. Orbis books. 1997
  • Living Zen, Loving God. Boston, Wisdom Publications. 2004. (paper)
  • Kennedy, Robert SJ.    Zen Spirit, Christian Spirit. N.Y.  Continuum.1995
  • Kennedy, Robert SJ.    Zen Gifts to Christians. N.Y. Continuum. 2000
  • MacInnes, Elaine.        Zen Contemplation for Christians: A Bridge of Living Water. Ontario, Novalis. 2001. (paper)