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Books on Zen Practice

Meditation Now or Never
Steve Hagen

Clear concise instructions on how to do Zen meditation.

Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind: Informal Talks on Zen Meditation and Practice
Shunryu Suzuki

The preeminent classic of American Zen practice by the founder of San Francisco Zen Center.

Seeds for a Boundless Life
Blanche Hartman

Generous and wise encouragements for practice from a former abbess of San Francisco Zen Center.

What is Zen: Plain Talk for a Beginner’s Mind
Norman Fischer and Susan Moon

Poet and zen priest Norman Fischer and writer and zen student Susan Moon offer an engaging and articulate introduction to zen practice. This book is great for new or seasoned practitioners alike.

Taking the Path of Zen
Robert Aitken

From the grandfather of American Zen, a warm-hearted, insightful, and intellectually honest introduction to an ancient tradition.

Everyday Zen
Charlotte Joko Beck

In this book, Zen grandma Joko Beck feels like she’s talking directly to you. Yes, you.

Returning to Silence
Danin Katagiri

Another important founder of American Zen, Katagiri gives teachings on daily practice, Buddhist philosophy, and the ethical foundations of Zen.

Opening the Hand of Thought
Kosho Uchiyama

Uchiyama offers an indispensable discourse on the interpenetrating nature of zazen, self, suffering, and universal awakening.

Miracle of Mindfulness
Thich Nhat Hanh

Seems simple on the surface, but goes deep.

More Books on Buddhism and Zen

How to Train a Wild Elephant and Other Adventures in Mindfulness
Jan Chozen-Bays

The Vow-Powered Life: A Simple Method for Living with Purpose
Jan Chozen-Bays

Living by Vow: A Practical Introduction to Eight Essential Zen Chants and Texts
Shohaku Okumura

Old Path, White Clouds
Thich Nhat Hanh

Heart of Buddha’s Teachings
Thich Nhat Hanh

In the Buddha’s Words

Bhikkhu Bodhi

Turning Suffering Inside Out
Darlene Cohen

How to Cook Your Life: From the Zen Kitchen to Enlightenment
Kosho Uchiyama

Being Upright

Reb Anderson

Faces of Compassion: Bodhisattva Archetypes
Taigen Daniel Leighton

Just This is It
Taigen Daniel Leighton

The Bodhisattva’s Embrace: Dispatches from Engaged Buddhism’s Front Lines
Alan Senauke


Talks by teachers at San Francisco Zen Center

Talks on practice from Chapel Hill Zen Center

Everyday Zen study guides on a range of important topics

Short primers on essential Buddhist teachings from Minnesota Zen Center

Access to Insight – Extensive translations of the early teachings of the Buddha


Practicing joyfully together with all beings