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The Best Zen Books Of All-Time

“What are the best Zen Books Of All-Time?” We looked at 173 of the top Zen books, aggregating and ranking them so we could answer that very question!

The top 26 titles, all appearing on 2 or more “Best Zen” book lists, are ranked below by how many lists they appear on. The remaining 125+ titles, as well as the lists we used are in alphabetical order at the bottom of the page.

Happy Scrolling!



Top 26 Zen Books



26 .) An Introduction to Zen Buddhism written by D.T. Suzuki

 An Introduction to Zen Buddhism

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • List Muse

One of the world’s leading authorities on Zen Buddhism, D. T. Suzuki was the author of more than a hundred works on the subject in both Japanese and English, and was most instrumental in bringing the teachings of Zen Buddhism to the attention of the Western world. Written in a lively, accessible, and straightforward manner, An Introduction to Zen Buddhism is illuminating for the serious student and layperson alike. Suzuki provides a complete vision of Zen, which emphasizes self-understanding and enlightenment through many systems of philosophy, psychology, and ethics. With a foreword by the renowned psychiatrist Dr. Carl Jung, this volume has been generally acknowledged a classic introduction to the subject for many years. It provides, along with Suzuki’s Essays and Manual of Zen Buddhism, a framework for living a balanced and fulfilled existence through Zen.



25 .) Everyday Zen: Love and Work written by Charlotte Joko Beck

 Everyday Zen: Love and Work

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Just A Platform

A Zen guide to the problems of daily living, love, relationships, work, fear and suffering. Combining earthly wisdom with spiritual enlightenment, it describes how to live each moment to the full and shows the relevance of Zen to every aspect of life.



24 .) Mindfulness in Plain English written by Bhante Henepola Gunaratana

 Mindfulness in Plain English

Lists It Appears On:

  • Buddha Imonia
  • My Domaine

Since Mindfulness in Plain English was first published in 1994, it has become one of the bestselling — and most influential — books in the field of mindfulness. It’s easy to see why. Author Bhante Gunaratana, a renowned meditation master, takes us step by step through the myths, realities, and benefits of meditation and the practice of mindfulness. The book showcases Bhante’s trademark clarity and wit, as he explores the tool of meditation, what it does, and how to make it work. This expanded edition includes the complete text of its predecessor along with a new chapter on cultivating loving kindness, an especially important topic in today’s world. For anyone who is new to meditation, this is a great resource for learning how to live a more productive and peaceful life.



23 .) Moon In a Dewdrop: Writings of Zen Master Dogen written by Dogen Zenji

 Moon In a Dewdrop: Writings of Zen Master Dogen

Lists It Appears On:

  • Buddha Imonia
  • Goodreads

Eihei Dogen (1200-1253), among the first to transmit Zen Buddhism from China to Japan and founder of the important Soto School, was not only a profoundly influential and provocative Zen philosopher but also one of the most stimulating figures in Japanese letters. Kazuaki Tanahashi, collaborating with several other Zen authorities, has produced sensitive and accurate translations of Dogen’s most important texts. Moon in a Dewdrop contains the key essays of the great master, as well as extensive background materials that will help Western readers to approach this significant work. There is also a selection of Dogen’s poetry, most of which has not appeared in English translation before. Dogen’s thought runs counter to conventional logic, employing paradoxical language and startling imagery. It illuminates such fundamental concerns as the nature of time, existence, life, death, the self, and what is beyond self.



22 .) Not Always So: Practicing the True Spirit of Zen written by Shunryu Suzuki

 Not Always So: Practicing the True Spirit of Zen

Lists It Appears On:

  • Buddha Imonia
  • Goodreads

Practising the true spirit of Zen. Not Always So is based on Shunryu Suzuki’s lectures and is framed in his own inimitable, allusive, paradoxical style, rich with unexpected and off–centre insights. Suzuki knew he was dying at the time of the lectures, which gives his thoughts an urgency and focus even sharper than in the earlier book. In Not Always So Suzuki once again voices Zen in everyday language with the vigour, sensitivity, and buoyancy of a true friend. Here is support and nourishment. Here is a mother and father lending a hand, but letting you find your own way. Here is guidance which empowers your freedom (or way–seeking mind), rather than pinning you down to directions and techniques. Here is teaching which encourages you to touch and know your true heart and to express yourself fully, teaching which is not teaching from outside, but a voice arising in your own being.



21 .) Nothing Special: Living Zen written by Charlotte Joko Beck

 Nothing Special: Living Zen

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Mountain Of Zen

WHEN NOTHING IS SPECIAL, EVERYTHING CAN BE The best-selling author of ‘Everyday Zen’ shows how to awaken to daily life and discover the ideal in the everyday, finding riches in our feelings, relationships, and work. ‘Nothing Special’ offers the rare and delightful experience of learning in the authentic Buddhist tradition with a wonderfully contemporary Western master.



20 .) Taking the Path of Zen written by Robert Aitken

 Taking the Path of Zen

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Thought Co

There is a fine art to presenting complex ideas with simplicity and insight, in a manner that both guides and inspires. In Taking the Path of Zen Robert Aitken presents the practice, lifestyle, rationale, and ideology of Zen Buddhism with remarkable clarity. The foundation of Zen is the practice of zazen, or mediation, and Aitken Roshi insists that everything flows from the center. He discusses correct breathing, posture, routine, teacher-student relations, and koan study, as well as common problems and milestones encountered in the process. Throughout the book the author returns to zazen, offering further advice and more advanced techniques. The orientation extends to various religious attitudes and includes detailed discussions of the Three Treasures and the Ten Precepts of Zen Buddhism. Taking the Path of Zen will serve as orientation and guide for anyone who is drawn to the ways of Zen, from the simply curious to the serious Zen student.



19 .) Tao Te Ching written by Lao Tzu

 Tao Te Ching

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • High Existence

Do you want to improve the world? I don’t think it can be done. The world is sacred. It can’t be improved. If you tamper with it, you’ll ruin it. If you treat it like an object, you’ll lose it.’ Stephen Mitchell’s translation of Lao Tzu’s Tao Te Ching (The Book of the Way) has sold over half a million copies worldwide. In this stunningly beautiful edition of the fundamental modern Taoist philosophy text, Mitchell’s words are set against ancient Chinese paintings selected by Asian art expert, Dr Stephen Little.



18 .) The Art of Happiness written by Dalai Lama XIV

 The Art of Happiness

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Soulful Arogya

Nearly every time you see him, he’s laughing, or at least smiling. And he makes everyone else around him feel like smiling. He’s the Dalai Lama, the spiritual and temporal leader of Tibet, a Nobel Prize winner, and an increasingly popular speaker and statesman. What’s more, he’ll tell you that happiness is the purpose of life, and that “the very motion of our life is towards happiness.” How to get there has always been the question. He’s tried to answer it before, but he’s never had the help of a psychiatrist to get the message across in a context we can easily understand. Through conversations, stories, and meditations, the Dalai Lama shows us how to defeat day-to-day anxiety, insecurity, anger, and discouragement. Together with Dr. Cutler, he explores many facets of everyday life, including relationships, loss, and the pursuit of wealth, to illustrate how to ride through life’s obstacles on a deep and abiding source of inner peace.



17 .) The Eight Gates of Zen: A Program of Zen Training written by John Daido Loori

 The Eight Gates of Zen: A Program of Zen Training

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Thought Co

This accessible introduction to the philosophy and practice of Zen Buddhism includes a program of study that encompasses practically every aspect of life. The American Zen teacher John Daido Loori shows us that Zen practice should include not only meditation, the study of Zen literature and liturgy, and moral and ethical action, but should also manifest in work, artistic, and everyday activities. The Eight Gates are: 1. Zazen, a type of meditation described as “sitting Zen” 2. Face-to-face meetings between teacher and student 3. Academic study of the sutras related to Zen training, other schools of Buddhism, Buddhist history, psychology, and philosophy 4. Zen rites and rituals and their meaning 5. The moral and ethical requirements set in the Buddhist Precepts 6. Art practice as an extension of Zen practice 7. Body practice as an extension of Zen practice 8. Work as an active function of zazen Beautifully illustrated with Loori’s own photographs, this edition also includes a new introduction and an updated reading list.



16 .) The Heart of the Buddha’s Teaching: Transforming Suffering into Peace, Joy, and Liberation written by Thich Nhat Hanh

 The Heart of the Buddha’s Teaching: Transforming Suffering into Peace, Joy, and Liberation

Lists It Appears On:

  • Buddha Imonia
  • Mountain Of Zen

In The Heart of the Buddha’s Teaching, now with added material and new insights, Thich Nhat Hanh introduces us to the core teachings of Buddhism and shows us that the Buddha’s teachings are accessible and applicable to our daily lives. With poetry and clarity, Nhat Hanh imparts comforting wisdom about the nature of suffering and its role in creating compassion, love, and joy – all qualities of enlightenment. Covering such significant teachings as the Four Noble Truths, the Noble Eightfold Path, the Three Doors of Liberation, the Three Dharma Seals, and the Seven Factors of Awakening, The Heart of the Buddha’s Teaching is a radiant beacon on Buddhist thought for the initiated and uninitiated alike.



15 .) The Tao of Pooh written by Benjamin Hoff

 The Tao of Pooh

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • High Existence

The Wisdom of Pooh. Is there such thing as a Western Taoist? Benjamin Hoff says there is, and this Taoist’s favorite food is honey. Through brilliant and witty dialogue with the beloved Pooh-bear and his companions, the author of this smash bestseller explains with ease and aplomb that rather than being a distant and mysterious concept, Taoism is as near and practical to us as our morning breakfast bowl. Romp through the enchanting world of Winnie-the-Pooh while soaking up invaluable lessons on simplicity and natural living.



14 .) This is It & Other Essays on Zen & Spiritual Experience written by Alan W. Watts

 This is It & Other Essays on Zen & Spiritual Experience

Lists It Appears On:

  • Book Depository
  • Goodreads

Six essays dealing with the relationship of mystical experience to ordinary life.



13 .) What is Zen written by Alan Watts

 What is Zen

Lists It Appears On:

  • Buddha Imonia
  • Mountain Of Zen

In his definitive introduction to Zen Buddhism, Alan Watts explains the principles and practices of this ancient religion to Western readers. With a rare combination of freshness and lucidity, he delves into the origins and history of Zen to explain what it means for the world today with incredible clarity. Watts saw Zen as “one of the most precious gifts of Asia to the world,” and in The Way of Zen he gives this gift to readers everywhere.



12 .) Zen Flesh, Zen Bones: A Collection of Zen and Pre-Zen Writings written by Paul Reps

 Zen Flesh, Zen Bones: A Collection of Zen and Pre-Zen Writings

Lists It Appears On:

  • Buddha Imonia
  • Goodreads

When Zen Flesh, Zen Bones was published in 1957 it became an instant sensation with an entire generation of readers who were just beginning to experiment with Zen. Over the years it has inspired leading American Zen teachers, students, and practitioners. Its popularity is as high today as ever. Zen Flesh, Zen Bones is a book that offers a collection of accessible, primary Zen sources so that readers can struggle over the meaning of Zen for themselves. It includes 101 Zen Stories, a collection of tales that recount actual experiences of Chinese and Japanese Zen teachers over a period of more than five centuries; The Gateless Gate, the famous thirteenth-century collection of Zen koans; Ten Bulls, a twelfth century commentary on the stages of awareness leading to enlightenment; and Centering, a 4,000 year-old teaching from India that some consider to be the roots of Zen.



11 .) Zen in the Art of Archery written by Eugen Herrigel

 Zen in the Art of Archery

Lists It Appears On:

  • Book Depository
  • Goodreads

The path to achieving Zen (a balance between the body and the mind) is brilliantly explained by Professor Eugen Herrigel in this timeless account. This book is the result of the author’s six year quest to learn archery in the hands of Japanese Zen masters. It is an honest account of one man’s journey to complete abandonment of ‘the self’ and the Western principles that we use to define ourselves. Professor Herrigel imparts knowledge from his experiences and guides the reader through physical and spiritual lessons in a clear and insightful way. Mastering archery is not the key to achieving Zen, and this is not a practical guide to archery. It is more a guide to Zen principles and learning and perfect for practitioners and non-practitioners alike.



10 .) Zen Keys: A Guide to Zen Practice written by Thich Nhat Hanh

 Zen Keys: A Guide to Zen Practice

Lists It Appears On:

  • Buddha Imonia
  • Goodreads

Thich Nhat Hanh brings his warmth and clarity to this unique explication of Zen Buddhism. Beginning with a discussion of daily life in a Zen monastery, Nhat Hanh illustrates the character of Zen as practiced in Vietnam, and gives the reader clear explanations of the central elements of Zen practice and philosophy. Thorough attention is given to concepts such as Awareness and Impermanence, and to contemporary issues such as the conflicts between modern technology and spirituality. The final section includes a set of 43 koans from the 13th century Vietnamese master, Tran Thai Tong, which are translated here for the first time into English. Originally published in 1974, Zen Keys has been unavailable for several years but is now reissued by popular demand. Readers will find it as fresh today as when it was first written, and will be struck by the timelessness of its insights. What makes this work particularly compelling is that Nhat Hanh is able to invigorate what in other presentations may seem like empty abstract principles. The example he has set in his own life as a relentless advocate for peace brings strength and a realistic understanding to idealistic Buddhist goals. In Zen Keys, Thich Nhat Hanh presents the philosophy which has enabled him to be mindful of peace in every moment. An excellent introduction from Philip Kapleau (author of the classic Three Pillars Of Zen ) provides background on the emerging American Zen tradition.



9 .) Siddhartha written by Hermann Hesse

 Siddhartha

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • High Existence
  • Tricycle

Herman Hesse’s classic novel has delighted, inspired, and influenced generations of readers, writers, and thinkers. In this story of a wealthy Indian Brahmin who casts off a life of privilege to seek spiritual fulfillment. Hesse synthesizes disparate philosophies–Eastern religions, Jungian archetypes, Western individualism–into a unique vision of life as expressed through one man’s search for true meaning.



8 .) The Three Pillars of Zen written by Philip Kapleau

 The Three Pillars of Zen

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Soulful Arogya
  • Tricycle

Through explorations of the three pillars of Zen–teaching, practice, and enlightenment–Roshi Philip Kapleau presents a comprehensive overview of the history and discipline of Zen Buddhism. An established classic, this 35th anniversary edition features new illustrations and photographs, as well as a new afterword by Sensei Bodhin Kjolhede, who has succeeded Philip Kapleau as spiritual director of the Rochester Zen Center, one of the oldest and most influential Zen centers in the United States.



7 .) Being Peace written by Thich Nhat Hanh

 Being Peace

Lists It Appears On:

  • Book Depository
  • Buddha Imonia
  • Goodreads
  • High Existence

Since its publication in 1987, “Being Peace” has become a classic of contemporary religious literature. In his simple and readable style, Thich Nhat Hanh shows how our state of mind and body can make the world a peaceful place. We learn to transform the very situations that pressure and antagonize us into opportunities for practicing mindfulness.



6 .) The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment written by Eckhart Tolle

 The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment

Lists It Appears On:

  • Blinkist
  • Goodreads
  • Just A Platform
  • My Domaine

Eckhart Tolle’s message is simple: living in the now is the truest path to happiness and enlightenment. And while this message may not seem stunningly original or fresh, Tolle’s clear writing, supportive voice and enthusiasm make this an excellent manual for anyone who’s ever wondered what exactly “living in the now” means. Foremost, Tolle is a world-class teacher, able to explain complicated concepts in concrete language.



5 .) Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life written by Jon Kabat-Zinn

 Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life

Lists It Appears On:

  • All Women’s Talk
  • Blinkist
  • Goodreads
  • My Domaine

In this book, the author maps out a simple path for cultivating mindfulness in one’s own life. It speaks both to those coming to meditation for the first time and to longtime practitioners, anyone who cares deeply about reclaiming the richness of his or her moments.



4 .) Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life written by Thich Nhat Hanh

 Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life

Lists It Appears On:

  • Book Depository
  • Book Depository
  • Goodreads
  • My Domaine
  • Soulful Arogya

In the rush of modern life, we tend to lose touch with the peace that is available in each moment. World-renowned Zen master, spiritual leader, and author Thich Nhat Hanh shows us how to make positive use of the very situations that usually pressure and antagonize us. For him a ringing telephone can be a signal to call us back to our true selves. Dirty dishes, red lights, and traffic jams are spiritual friends on the path to “mindfulness”—the process of keeping our consciousness alive to our present experience and reality. The most profound satisfactions, the deepest feelings of joy and completeness lie as close at hand as our next aware breath and the smile we can form right now. Lucidly and beautifully written, Peace Is Every Step contains commentaries and meditations, personal anecdotes and stories from Nhat Hanh’s experiences as a peace activist, teacher, and community leader. It begins where the reader already is—in the kitchen, office, driving a car, walking a part—and shows how deep meditative presence is available now. Nhat Hanh provides exercises to increase our awareness of our own body and mind through conscious breathing, which can bring immediate joy and peace. Nhat Hanh also shows how to be aware of relationships with others and of the world around us, its beauty and also its pollution and injustices. the deceptively simple practices of Peace Is Every Step encourage the reader to work for peace in the world as he or she continues to work on sustaining inner peace by turning the “mindless” into the mindFUL.



3 .) The Miracle of Mindfulness written by Thich Nhat Hanh

 The Miracle of Mindfulness

Lists It Appears On:

  • All Women’s Talk
  • Buddha Imonia
  • Goodreads
  • My Domaine
  • Thought Co

In this beautiful and lucid guide, Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh offers gentle anecdotes and practical exercise as a means of learning the skills of mindfulness–being awake and fully aware. From washing the dishes to answering the phone to peeling an orange, he reminds us that each moment holds within it an opportunity to work toward greater self-understanding and peacefulness.



2 .) The Way of Zen written by Alan Watts

 The Way of Zen

Lists It Appears On:

  • Book Depository
  • Goodreads
  • High Existence
  • List Muse
  • Soulful Arogya

In his definitive introduction to Zen Buddhism, Alan Watts explains the principles and practices of this ancient religion to Western readers. With a rare combination of freshness and lucidity, he delves into the origins and history of Zen to explain what it means for the world today with incredible clarity. Watts saw Zen as “one of the most precious gifts of Asia to the world,” and in The Way of Zen he gives this gift to readers everywhere.



1 .) Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind written by Shunryu Suzuki

 Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind

Lists It Appears On:

  • All Women’s Talk
  • Blinkist
  • Book Depository
  • Buddha Imonia
  • Goodreads
  • List Muse
  • Mountain Of Zen
  • Soulful Arogya
  • Tricycle

In the forty years since its original publication, Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind has become one of the great modern spiritual classics, much beloved, much reread, and much recommended as the best first book to read on Zen. Suzuki Roshi presents the basics—from the details of posture and breathing in zazen to the perception of nonduality—in a way that is not only remarkably clear, but that also resonates with the joy of insight from the first to the last page.




The 125+ Additional Best Books About Zen And Mindfulness



#BooksAuthorLists
2710% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress without Losing My Edge and Found Self-Help That Actually WorksDan HarrisBlinkist
2830 Questions and Answers About Buddhism 
Hardcore Zen
298 Minute MeditationVictor Davich
All Women’s Talk
30A Book of Five Rings: The Classic Guide to StrategyMiyamoto MusashiGoodreads
31A Monk’s Guide to a Clean House and Mind 
Book Depository
32A Tale for the Time BeingRuth OzekiGoodreads
33After Buddhism: Rethinking the Dharma for a Secular AgeStephen Batchelor
Mountain Of Zen
34
An Introduction to Buddhism: Teachings, History and Practices
 List Muse
35
Blue Jean Buddha: Voices of Young Buddhists
 Tricycle
36
Book of Serenity: One Hundred Zen Dialogues
 Softonic
37
Buddha in Blue Jeans: An Extremely Short Simple Zen Guide to Sitting Quietly
 
Just A Platform
38Buddha’s Brain: Happiness, Love and WisdomRick HansonBlinkist
39
Buddhism and the Autonomic Nervous System
 
Hardcore Zen
40Buddhism for busy people – finding happiness in an uncertain worldDavid MichieZen Begin
41Buddhism in Practice List Muse
42Buddhism Plain and SimpleSteve HagenZen Begin
43Buddhist Philosophy: Essential Readings Tricycle
44Buddhist Precepts 
Hardcore Zen
45Buddhist Scriptures List Muse
46Buddhist Scriptures in Many Languages 
Ocean Gate Zen
47CaravalStephanie GarberEpic Reads
48Coming to Our Senses: Healing Ourselves and the World through MindfulnessJon Kabat-Zinn
All Women’s Talk
49Crooked Cucumber: The Life and Teaching of Shunryu SuzukiDavid ChadwickGoodreads
50DBK 
Ocean Gate Zen
51Dropping Ashes on the BuddhaZen Master Seung Sahn
Buddha Imonia
52Emergency ContactMary H.K. ChoiEpic Reads
53Essays in Zen Buddhism, First SeriesD.T. SuzukiGoodreads
54Essential Reiki 
Book Depository
55Everything All at OnceKatrina LenoEpic Reads
56FangirlRainbow RowellEpic Reads
57Fear 
Book Depository
58Full Catastrophe LivingJon Kabat-Zinn
My Domaine
59
Gateless Barrier: Zen Comments on the Mumonkan
 Softonic
60GeekerellaAshley PostonEpic Reads
61Going Home: Jesus and Buddha as BrothersThich Nhat Hanh
Buddha Imonia
62Happiness 
Book Depository
63Happy Teachers Change The World 
Book Depository
64Hardcore Zen: Punk Rock, Monster Movies and the Truth about RealityBrad WarnerGoodreads
65How to Eat 
Book Depository
66How to Have a Good Day: Think Bigger, Feel Better and Transform Your Working LifeCaroline WebbBlinkist
67How to Love 
Book Depository
68How to Practice Zazen 
Hardcore Zen
69
Japanese Buddhism and the Meiji Restoration
 
Hardcore Zen
70Just SitSukey and Elizabeth Novogratz
My Domaine
71Koun Franz’s Blog Nyoho Zen 
Ocean Gate Zen
72Living Buddha, Living ChristThich Nhat Hanh
Buddha Imonia
73Love, Life, and the ListKasie WestEpic Reads
74Loving Kindness: the Revolutionary Art of HappinessSharon Salzberg
All Women’s Talk
75Making SpaceThich Nhat Hanh
Buddha Imonia
76Manual of Zen BuddhismD.T. SuzukiGoodreads
77Master Dogen’s Writings: Zen Azi
78Meditation in ActionChogyam Trungpa
Buddha Imonia
79MindfulnessJoseph Goldstein
My Domaine
80Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to AwakeningJoseph Goldstein
Mountain Of Zen
81My Plain JaneCynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, & Jodi MeadowsEpic Reads
82No Beginning, No End: The Intimate Heart of ZenJakusho Kwong, Peter Levitt
Mountain Of Zen
83No Mud, No Lotus 
Book Depository
84On the RoadJack Kerouac
High Existence
85Once and For AllSarah DessenEpic Reads
86One Dharma: The Emerging Western BuddhismJoseph Goldstein
Mountain Of Zen
87
Opening a Mountain: Koans of the Zen Masters
 Softonic
88Opening the Hand of Thought: Foundations of Zen Buddhist PracticeKosho UchiyamaGoodreads
89Out of Your Mind: Essential Listening from the Alan Watts Audio ArchivesAlan Watts
Buddha Imonia
90Places No One KnowsBrenna YovanoffEpic Reads
91Planting Seeds 
Book Depository
92Real HappinessSharon Salzberg
My Domaine
93Reconciliation 
Book Depository
94Savor: Mindful Eating, Mindful LifeThich Nhat Hanh & Dr. Lilian CheungBlinkist
95
Sayings of the Buddha: New translations from the Pali Nikayas
 List Muse
96
Secrets of the Blue Cliff Record: Zen Comments by Hakuin and Tenkei
 Softonic
97Sit Down and Shut Up: Punk Rock Commentaries on Buddha, God, Truth, Sex, Death, and Dogen’s Treasury of the Right Dharma EyeBrad WarnerGoodreads
98Sitting Still Like a FrogEline Snel
My Domaine
99Sky Above, Great Wind: The Life and Poetry of Zen Master RyokanRyōkanGoodreads
100Soto Zen Text Project 
Ocean Gate Zen
101Sôtô Zen Tradition: Zen Azi
102Start Where You Are Tricycle
103Tao: The Watercourse WayAlan Watts
High Existence
104Teachings of Buddha Shakyamuni: Zen Azi
105
Ten Gates: The Kong-an Teaching of Zen Master Seung Sahn
 Softonic
106The Art of Communicating 
Book Depository
107The Art of Living 
Book Depository
108The Art of PowerThich Nhat Hanh
Buddha Imonia
109The Beginner’s Guide to Zen BuddhismJean Smith
Buddha Imonia
110
The Book of Equanimity: Illuminating Classic Zen Koans
 Softonic
111The Book of TeaKakuzō OkakuraGoodreads
112The Book on the Taboo Against Knowing Who You AreAlan W. WattsGoodreads
113The Compass of ZenSeung SahnGoodreads
114The Deepest RootsMiranda AsebedoEpic Reads
115The Dharma BumsJack Kerouac
High Existence
116The Electronic Atlas of Buddhist Monasteries 
Ocean Gate Zen
117The Essential RumiJalal al-Din Rumi (Translators: Coleman Barks &John Moyne)
Buddha Imonia
118The Foundations of Buddhism List Muse
119The Gateless Barrier: The Wu-Men Kuan Softonic
120The Gateless Gate: The Classic Book of Zen KoansWumen HuikaiGoodreads
121The Heart of The Revolution Tricycle
122
The Koan: Texts and Contexts in Zen Buddhism
 List Muse
123The Language of ThornsLeigh BardugoEpic Reads
124The Little Book of MindfulnessPatricia Collard
My Domaine
125The Making of Buddhist Modernism List Muse
126The Mindful Athlete: Secrets to Pure PerformanceGeorge MumfordBlinkist
127The Mini Zen Gardening Kit 
Book Depository
128The Other Side of LostJessi KirbyEpic Reads
129The Parent’s Tao Te Ching 
Book Depository
130The Pocket Thich Nhat Hanh 
Book Depository
131The Record of Linji Softonic
132The Rest of Us Just Live HerePatrick NessEpic Reads
133The SelectionKiera CassEpic Reads
134The Sound of Silence Tricycle
135
The Things You Can See Only When You Slow Down
 
Book Depository
136The Third JesusDeepak Chopra
Buddha Imonia
137The True Dharma Eye Softonic
138The Unfettered Mind: Writings of the Zen Master to the Sword MasterTakuan SohoGoodreads
139The Upside of UnrequitedBecky AlbertalliEpic Reads
140The Wisdom of Insecurity 
Book Depository
141The Zen Teaching of BodhidharmaBodhidharmaGoodreads
142The Zen Teaching of Homeless KodoKosho UchiyamaGoodreads
143The Zen Teaching of Huang Po: On the Transmission of MindHuang PoGoodreads
144The Zensite 
Ocean Gate Zen
145There Is No God and He Is Always with You: A Search for God in Odd PlacesBrad Warner
Mountain Of Zen
146This Is Kind of an Epic Love StoryKheryn CallenderEpic Reads
147Thoughts Without a Thinker: Psychotherapy from a Buddhist PerspectiveMark EpsteinBlinkist
148Three Philosophies One Reality 
Hardcore Zen
149To All the Boys I’ve Loved BeforeJenny HanEpic Reads
150Top TenKatie CotugnoEpic Reads
151True Love 
Book Depository
152Turning the Mind into an AllySakyong Mipham
All Women’s Talk
153Understanding the Shobogenzo 
Hardcore Zen
154Understanding ZenBenjamin RadcliffZen Begin
155When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult TimesPema ChödrönGoodreads
156Writing Down The Bones 
Book Depository
157Writings from the Zen Masters 
Book Depository
158You Are Not Your Brain: The Four-Step Solution for Changing Bad Habits, Ending Unhealthy Thinking, and Taking Control of Your LifeJeffrey M. Schwartz and Rebecca GladdingBlinkist
159Zazen: A Better Way of Experiencing Pain 
Hardcore Zen
160Zen and Japanese CultureD.T. SuzukiGoodreads
161Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into ValuesRobert M. PirsigGoodreads
162Zen and the BrainJames H. AustinGoodreads
163Zen Buddhism: Selected Writings of D. T. SuzukiD.T. SuzukiGoodreads
164Zen Golf 
Book Depository
165Zen in the Martial ArtsJoe HyamsGoodreads
166Zen Masters in China: Zen Azi
167Zen Masters in the West: Zen Azi
168Zen ShortsJon J. MuthGoodreads
169Zen Training: Methods and PhilosophyKatsuki SekidaGoodreads
170Zen Wrapped in Karma Dipped in Chocolate: A Trip Through Death, Sex, Divorce, and Spiritual Celebrity in Search of the True DharmaBrad WarnerGoodreads
171
Zen: Beginner’s Guide: Happy, Peaceful and Focused Lifestyle for Everyone
 
Just A Platform
172
Zen: Zen For Beginners – The Ultimate Guide To Incorporating Zen Into Your Life – A Zen Buddhism Approach To Happiness And Inner Peace
 
Just A Platform
173Zen’s Chinese Heritage Softonic


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