Suggested Readings
Titles in boldface are especially recommended to beginning students.

History of Buddhism
& Buddhist Doctrine


"What the Buddha Taught" , Rahula

"Buddhist Thought in India", Conze

"Dharmapada", various translations

"Essentials of Buddhist Philosophy", Takakusu

"The Life of the Buddha", Nanamoli

History of Zen

"The Golden Age of Zen"
Wu


"Zen Buddhism: A History"
Conze


"Zen Dust"
Mura & Sasaki



Zen classics

"The Gateless Barrier", Aitken

"The Record of Transmitting the Light,", Cook or
"Transmission of Light,", Cleary

"Book of Serenity", Cleary

"Blue Cliff Record", Cleary

"Zen Comments on the Mumonkan", Shibayama

"Platform Sutra", various translations

"Diamond Sutra and Heart Sutra"
with commentary, Conze


Zen Master Dogen

"Moon in a Dewdrop", Tanahashi

"Enlightenment Unfolds", Tanahashi

"Record of Things Heard", Cleary

"The Way of Everyday Life", Maezumi

"How to Raise an Ox", Cook



Contemporary
Commentaries on Zen


"Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind",
Shunryu Suzuki


"Branching Streams Flow in the Dark"
Shunryu Suzuki


"Crooked Cucumber, The Life
& Zen Teaching of Shunryu Suzuki"

Chadwick

"Opening the Hand of Thought"
Uchiyama


"Being Peace,"
Thich Nhat Hanh


"The Tiger's Cave"
Leggett


"Timeless Spring", Cleary

"The Infinite Mirror", Sheng-Yen

"Taking the Path of Zen", Aitken

Buddhism & women

"Buddhist Women on the Edge"
Dresser

"Zen Women: Beyond Tea Ladies, Iron Maidens, and Macho Masters"
Schireson


"Buddhism After Partiarchy:
Feminist History, Analysis & Reconstruction"

Gross


"Being Bodies:
Buddhist Womenon the Paradox of Embodiment
"

Moon & Friedman


"Meetings with Remarkable Women"
Friedman


"The First Women Buddhists"
Murcott


Engaged Buddhism

The Bodhisattva's Embrace: Dispatches From Engaged Buddhism's Front Lines"
Senauke


"Path of Compassion"
Eppsteiner


"Seeds of Peace"
Sivaraksa


"Engaged Buddhist Reader"
Kotler