BOOKS ABOUT BUDDHISM
All of the books are available in print; those with asterisks are also available online.
Empty Cloud: The Teachings of Xu Yun*
By Venerable Jy Din Sakya
A remembrance of Empty Cloud–the great 20th century
Chinese practice monk–by his disciple, Master Jy Din Sakya.The Chan teachings and life of this great monk are an inspiration and an example for us to follow.
The Eightfold Noble Path*
Written by Bhikku Bodhi
An in-depth but accessible presentation of the eightfold path by one of the foremost translators of our time.
The First Discourse of the Buddha*
by Dr. Rewata Dhamma
A clear, thoughtful, straight-to-the-point Theravada
analysis and presentation of the four noble truths.
The Tree of Enlightenment*
By Peter Della Santina
This is an excellent overall introduction to Buddhism. Santina’s very popular Fundamentals of Buddhism is included within this book.
How Yoga Works
By Geshe Michael Roach and Cristie McNally
A fable, perhaps a parable–a joy to read. Explains not only how yoga works, but how Buddhism works too. If you have any interest in yoga, or yoga and Buddhism, this is a must-read.
Anger: The Seven Deadly Sins
by Robert A. F. Thurman
An insightful little book with a bright red cover that screams at you to recognize, understand and practice with anger. A dense topic, deftly handled without losing its accesiblity to the practice-oriented reader.
The Foundations of Buddhism
By Rupert Gethin
Explores the early teachings and the way they shaped later Buddhism, covering a broad spectrum of the core beliefs.This is a dense, academic book best suited to the advanced student.
Buddhist Religion, A Historical Introduction
By Richard Robinson & Willard Johnson
A picture of Buddhism framed historically in terms of ritual, devotionalism, institutions, doctrine and meditation practices. This is a post-graduate university text, not for casual reading.
The Heart of the Buddha's Teaching
By Thich Nhat Hanh
Thich Nhat Hanh delves into the core teachings of Buddhism with the freshness and subtlety that only a deeply-practiced Buddhist master and teacher can offer.
Zen Mind Beginner’s Mind
by Suzuki Roshi
The first and perhaps only American Zen classic by one of the fathers of Soto Zen in America.
The Way to Buddhahood
By Venerable Yin Shun
This is an overview of the essentials of Chinese Mahayana Buddhist practice, a serious book with a serious intent. Considered essential reading for advanced students in Chinese monastic communities.