“Was not their mistake once more bred of the life of slavery that they had been living?—a life which was always looking upon everything, except mankind, animate and inanimate—‘nature,’ as people used to call it—as one thing, and mankind as another, it was natural to people thinking in this way, that they should try to make ‘nature’ their slave, since they thought ‘nature’ was something outside them” — William Morris

Saturday, December 8, 2012

What Buddhism Books to Read

Karl wonders. So here is the list that got me into it:

Paul Reps, ed., Zen Flesh, Zen Bones
Shunryu Suzuki, Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind
Chogyam Trungpa, Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism
Pema Chodron, Start Where You Are
Pema Chidron, The Wisdom of No Escape
Tsoknyi Rinpoche (my teacher), Carefree Dignity
Tsoknyi Rinpoche, Fearless Simplicity


Henry Warwick said...

I would add (in no particular order):

1. Everyday Zen by Charlotte Joko Beck
2. Mumonkan by Mumon
3. Hekiganroku by Setcho Juken
4. The Heart Sutra and the Diamond Sutra by Buddha
5. The Three Pillars of Zen by Roshi Philip Kapleau

Karl said...

thank you for both lists. appreciate the help.