Recommended Reading

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History of Buddhism  and 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 , Mira and 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 and 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 and women

Buddhist Women on the Edge, Dresser
Zen Women: Beyond Tea Ladies, Iron Maidens, and Macho Masters, 
Buddhism After Partiarchy: Feminist History, Analysis and Reconstruction,
Being Bodies: Buddhist Women on the Paradox of Embodiment, 
Moon and 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