Posted by: dacalu | 7 August 2018

Introductions to Buddhism

A friend of mine asked for good introductory texts on Buddhism, so I opened up a discussion on Facebook. Here are the recommendations I garnered. Strong recommendations from me personally have a star.


*Rupert Gethin. The Foundations of Buddhism. 1998.

For Children (and Adults)

*Jon Muth: Zen Shorts, 2005; Zen Ties, 2008; Zen Ghosts, 2010; Hi Koo, 2014; Zen Socks, 2018.

Mahayana Buddhism

Paul Williams. Mahayana Buddhism: The Doctrinal Foundations. 2008.

Theravada Buddhism

Rahula Wapola. What the Buddha Taught. 1959.

Books by Jack Kornfield

Tibetan Buddhism

*Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche. Gates to Buddhist Practice. 1993.

Books by Pema Chodron

Robert Thurman. Essential Tibetan Buddhism. 1996.

Chogyam Trungpa. Cutting through Spiritual Materialism. 1973

Zen Buddhism

*Alan Watts. The Way of Zen. 1957.

Shunryu Suzuki. Zen Mind, Beginners Mind. 1973.

Kosho Uchiyama. Opening the Hand of Thought. 1993.

Robert Aitken Roshi. Taking the Path of Zen. 1982.


Robert Persig. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. 1974.

D.T. Suzuki. An Introduction to Zen Buddhism. 1934.

Charlotte Beck. Everyday Zen. 2007.

Engaged Buddhism

Thich Nhat Hanh. The Blooming of the Lotus. 1993.

Nichiren Buddhism

Woody Hochswender, Greg Martin, and Ted Morino. The Buddha in Your Mirror: Practical Buddhism and the Search for Self. 2001.

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