Recommended Reading for Beginners

Opening the Hand of Thought: Foundations of Zen Buddhist Practice by Kosho Uchiyama, Wisdom Publications, 2004.

Living by Vow: A Practical Introduction to Eight Essential Zen Chants and Texts by Shohaku Okumura, Wisdom Publications, 2012.

Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind: Informal talks on Zen meditation and practice, by Shunryu Suzuki, Weatherhill, 1970, twelfth printing 2007.

Dream Conversations: On Buddhism and Zen by Muso Kokushi, Thomas Cleary, trans., Shambhala, 1996.

The Kyosaku, by Zengaku Soyu Matsuoka, Atlanta Soto Zen Center, 2006.

Invoking Reality: Moral and Ethical Teachings of Zen by John Daido Loori, Shambhala, 2007.

Eihei Dogen: Mystical Realist by Hee-Jin Kim, Wisdom Publications, 2004.

Realizing Genjokoan: The Key to Dogen’s Shobogenzo by Shohaku Okumura, Wisdom Publications, 2010.

How to Raise an Ox: Zen Practice as Taught in Master Dogen’s Shobogenzo by Francis Dojun Cook, 2002, Wisdom Publications.