List of interesting books in English

A list of recommended books and texts in English for sutra/dharma students.

Books on zen:
Cleary, Thomas, Minding mind, Shambala Publications, Boston, Massachusetts, 1995
Katagiri, Dainin, Returning to Silence, Shambala Dragon Ed., 1988
Katagiri, Dainin, Each moment is the Universe, Zen and the Way of Being Time, Shambhala, Boston & London, 2007
Loori, John Daido, The art of just sitting, Wisdom Publications, Boston, 2002
Suzuki, Daisetz, Manual of Zen Buddhism, Nuvision Publications, 2004

History of Zen:
Dumoulin, Heinrich, Zen Buddhism: a History, MacMillan Publishing Company, New York, 1994
Furguson, Andy, Zen’s Chinese Heritage: the Masters and their Teachings, Wisdom boos, Boston 2000. 
Hoover, Thomas, The Zen Experience, Plume, 1980 
McRae, John R., Seeing through Zen, Encounter, Transformation and Genealogy in Chinese Chan Buddhism, University of California press 2003. 
Williams, Duncan Ryuken, The other side of Zen: a social history of Soto Zen Buddhism in Tokugawa Japan, Princeton University Press, 2005
Wu, John, The golden age of zen, World Wisdom, 2004

The Zen Teaching of Bodhidharma, North Point Press, 1989 

Sosan, Shinjinmei:
Soeng, Mu, Trust in mind, Wisdom Publications, Boston, 2004

Eno, Platform Sutra:
Cleary, Thomas, The Sutra of Hui-neng, Grand Master of Zen, with Hui-neng’s commentary on the Diamond Sutra, Shambala, Boston 1998

Yoka Daishi, Shodoka:

Sekito, Sandokai:
Suzuki, Shunryu, Branching Streams flow in the darkness, University of California Press, Berkeley and Los Angeles, 1999

Leighton, Taigen Dan, Cultivating the Empty Field, The Silent Illumination of Zen Master Hongzhi, Tuttle, Boston, 2000

Dogen, ShobogenzoI-IV, Nishijima & Cross, Windbell Publications, London,
Dogen, Shinji Shobogenzo, Nishijima, Windbell Publications, London, 2003
Dogen, Dogen’s Extensive Record, a translation of the Eihei Koroku, Leighton &
Okumura, Wisdom Publications, Boston
Dogen, Beyond Thinking (anthology, ed. by K. Tanahashi), Shambhala, Boston/London, 2004
Dogen, Enlightenment unfolds (anthology, ed. by K. Tanahashi), Shambhala, Boston/London, 2000
Dogen, Moon in a Dewdrop (anthology, ed. by K. Tanahashi), North Point Press, New York, 1995
Abe, Masao, A study of Dogen: his philosophy and religion, State University of New York Press, 1992
Kim, Hee-Jin, Eihei Dogen, Mystical realist, Wisdom Publications, Boston, 2004
Leighton, T.D.: Dogen’s Pure Standards for the Zen Community, State University of New York Press, 1996
Leighton, Taigen Dan, Visions of Awakening Space and Time: Dogen and the Lotus Sutra, Oxford University Press, 2007
Heine, Stephen: The Zen Poetry of Dogen, Dharma Communications Press, 2005
Uchiyama, Kosho, The Wholehearted Way (Master Dogen’s Bendowa with commentary),
Tuttle Publishing, Vermont, 1997
Uchiyama, Kosho: How to cook your life (Tenzo Kyokun), Shambhala, 2005
Glassman, Bernard: Instructions to the Cook, Harmony/Bell Tower 1997

Cook, Francis H: The record of transmitting the light – Zen Master Keizan’s Denkoroku, Wisdom Publications, 2003
Zazen Yojinki: see Loori, John Daido, The art of just sitting, Wisdom Publications, Boston, 2002

Heart of zen (translations of Master Menzan's Jijuyuzanmai, Master Dogen's Gakudo-Yojinshu, Master Uchiyama's “Dogen Zen as religion”), Shohaku Okumura (transl), Sotoshu Shumucho, Tokyo, 2006 (

Abé, Ruichi and Peter Haskel, Great Fool, Zen master Ryokan, Poems, letters and other writings, University of Hawaii Press, Honolulu 1996.

Rahula, Walpola, What the Buddha Thaught, Grove Press, 1969
Thomas Cleary (Translation and commentary), Dhammapada, The Sayings of the Buddha,
Bantam Books, New York, 1995

Sutra's of ancient Buddhism: see

Batchelor, Stephan: Verses from the Center, Riverhead Trade, 2001
Luetchford, Michael Eido, Between Heaven and Earth, From Nagarjuna to Dogen,
a translation and interpretation of the Mulamadhyamakakarika, Windbell Publ., Bristol, 2002

Prajnaparamita in 8000 lines:
Conze, Edward, Perfection of Wisdom in 8000 lines, Sri Satguru, 1973
Hixon, Lex, Mother of the Buddha’s (Prajnaparamita Sutra in 8000 lines), Theosophical Publishing House, Wheaton, Illinois/Chennai

Diamond Sutra:
Conze, Edward, Perfect Wisdom (Heart Sutra, Diamond Sutra, Perfection of Wisdom in 500 and 700 lines), Buddhist Publishing Group, 2003
Soeng, Mu, The Diamond Sutra, Wisdom Publications, Boston, 2000

Vimalakirti Sutra:
Watson, Burton, The Vimalakirti Sutra, Columbia University Press, 2000

Lotus Sutra:
Watson, Burton (tr.), The Lotus Sutra, Columbia University Press, 2000
Watson, Burton (tr.)Essential Lotus, selections from the Lotus Sutra, Columbia University Press, 2001

Brahma Net Sutra

Lankavatara Sutra:
Suzuki, Daisetz (tr.), Lankavatara Sutra, Motilal Barnasidass, 1999

Treatise on the Awakening of the True Faith in Mahayana
Hakeda, Yoshito, The Awakening of True Faith, Columbia University Press

Mahayana Mahaparinirvana sutra
Yamamoto, Kosho (transl.), Nirvana Publications, 1999

Avatamsaka Sutra (The Flower Ornament Sutra)
Cleary, Thomas (transl.), Shambala, 1993

Other texts:
Sheng-yen, Complete enlightenment, Shambala Publications, Boston

History of Buddhism:
Conze, A short history of Buddhism, Oneworld, 1993
Hirakawa, Akira, A History of Indian Buddhism, from Sakyamuni to early Mahayana, Motilac Banarsidass Publications
Ross Reat, N., Buddhism: a history, Asian Humanities Press, 1994
Schumann, H.W.: The Historical Buddha, Motilal Banarsidass Publications, 2003
Schumann, H.W.: Buddhism, an outline of its teachings and schools, Theosophical Publ. House, 1974
Skilton, Andrew, A concise history of Buddhism, Sterling Pub Co Inc, 2003

Recommended material for the bodhisattva:
Zazen Yojinki (Master Keizan)
Shobogenzo Bendowa
Shobogenzo Genjo koan
Shobogenzo Zazenshin
The four Noble Truths
Hannya Shingyo
Kesa Sutra
Eko and Shihosanshi
Shobogenzo Bodaisatta Shisobo
Shobogenzo Kesakudoku
Shobogenzo Shukkekudoku

Recommended for monks and nuns:
Brahma Net Sutra
Satipattana sutra
Shobogenzo zazenshin
Jijuyuzanmai (Master Menzan)
The 12 innen
The 6 paramitas
Shin Jin Mei
Hokyo Zanmai
The 7 principles of Dogen’s zen
Shobogenzo Genjokoan
Shobogenzo Hachidaininkakau

For shusso’s and teachers:

They have to know all the sutra's, chanted in the dojo and during the ordination ceremony:
Takkesage; Hannya Shingyo; Sandokai; Hokyozanmai; Shiguseiganmon; Daishin Darani; Gyohatsu nenju; Fukanzazengi;
Sangemon; Kyojukaimon; Sankiemon; Sankiraimon.

History of Buddhism
History of Zen
Diamond sutra
Vimalakirti sutra
Lankavatara sutra
Lotus sutra
Treatise on the Awakening of the True Faith in Mahayana
Mahayana Mahaparinirvana sutra
Avatamsaka Sutra (The Flower Ornament Sutra)

Master Dogen’s Shobogenzo

Sutras of ancient Buddhism

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