This is a list of all of books I've ever found helpful regarding my practice, organized alphabetically by teacher (who is sometimes also the author, sometimes not).
- Charlotte Joko Beck
- David Chadwick
- Steve Hagen
- Dainin Katagiri
- John Daido Loori
- Barry Magid
- Franz Metcalf
- Just Add Buddha! ISBN 1-56975-409-8. A fun little book connecting dharma to modern western annoyances.
- What Would Buddha Do? ISBN 1-56975-298-2. More of that.
Sotoshu Shumucho (the Soto Zen Vatican)
- SOTO ZEN: An Introduction to Zazen. Published in Japan, translated to English by Shohaku Okumura, one way to get familiar with many practice forms, from sitting itself to minding your manners in the zendo. I've never seen this publication in a bookstore. I bought mine from Sanshin Zen Community, Shohaku Okumura's center in Bloomington, Indiana. I find it useful as a reference for practice forms.
Heart of Zen: Practice without Gaining mind. Also translated by Shohaku Okumura, also available from his center (as referenced above), this book includes
- Points to Watch in Practicing the Way, by Dogen Zenji, the founder of the Japanese Soto School.
- Samadhi of the Self, by Menzan Zuiho Osho
- Dogen Zen as Religion, by a Kosho Uchiyama, translated by Shohaku Okumura (Uchiyama's student).
- Shunryu Suzuki
- Kosho Uchiyama
- Opening the Hand of Thought. ISBN 0861713575 If you intend to be a serious zen student and only want to read one book to get started, this is it.