To study the Buddha way is to study the self.
To study the self is to forget the self.
To forget the self is to be enlightened by all things.
~Dogen Zenji

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Recommended Reading and Practices


  1. Sweetwater Lineage

    Appreciate Your Life

    Zen Teachings of Taizan Maezumi Roshi
    by Taizan Maezumi

    Instructions to the Cook
    by Bernie Glassman

    Infinite Circle
    by Bernie Glassman

    Bearing Witness
    by Bernie Glassman

    The Book of Equanimity
    commentary by Gerry Shishin wick

  1. Classic Introduction

    Zen Mind Beginner's Mind
    by Shunryu Suzuki, Roshi

    The Three Pillars of Zen
    by Philip Kapleau

  1. Introduction to Zen Practice

    Zen Meditation in Plain English
    by John Daishin Buksbazen

    Taking the Path of Zen
    by Robert Aitken, Roshi

    Everyday Zen : Love and Work
    by Charlotte Joko Beck

  1. Koans

    Gateless Barrier (Mumonkan)
    commentary by Zenkei Shibayama

    The Gateless Barrier: (Mumonkan)

    commentary by Robert Aitken

    Gateless Gate
    commentary by Yamada

    Blue Cliff Record
    translated by Thomas Cleary

    Secrets of the Blue Cliff Record
    commentary by Hakuin and Tenkei translated by T. Cleary

    The Book of Equanimity
    commentary by Gerry Shishin Wick

    The Record of Transmitting the Light
    translated by Francis H. Cook

    Transmission of Light
    translated by T. Cleary

  1. Tibetan Tradition

    When Things Fall Apart
    by Pema Chodron

    Start Where You Are
    by Pema Chodron

    Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism
    by Chogyam Trungpa

    The Myth of Freedom
    by Chogyam Trungpa

  1. Five Buddha Families

    The Five Wisdom Energies

    by Irini Rockwell

    Spectrum of Ecstasy

    by Ngakpa Chogyam with Khandro Dechen

  1. Council and Communication

    The Way of Council

    by Jack Zimmerman, Virginia Coyle

    Non-violent Communication
    by Marshall Rosenberg

  1. 12 STEPS, Adictions and Emotions

    Alcoholics Anonymous (The Big Book)

    The story of how many men and women have recovered from alcoholism

    The Joy Beyond Craving
    by J.K. Mountain

    Forgiveness, A Bold Choice for a Peaceful Heart
    by Robin Casarjian

    Healing the Shame that Binds You
    by John Bradshaw

    The Zen Path through Depression

    by Philip Martin

    Feeling Good : The New Mood Therapy

    by David D.Burns

    Sex in the Forbidden Zone
    by Peter Rutter

  1. Prison

    Finding Freedom, Writings from Death Row

    by Jarvis Jay Masters

    Sitting Inside: Buddhist Practice in America's Prisons

    by Kobai Scott Whitney

    We're All Doing Time: A Guide to Getting Free
    by Bo Lozoff and the Dalai Lama

  1. Gender

    The Chalice and the Blade:
    Our History, Our Future

    by Riane Eisler

    Buddhism After Patriarchy:
    A Feminist History, Analysis, and Reconstruction of Buddhism

    by Rita Gross

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