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Best books on zen & buddhism?

Last post 06-02-2007, 8:12 AM by shavinganegg. 5 replies.
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  •  05-16-2007, 1:33 PM 22866

    Best books on zen & buddhism?

    The title pretty much sums it up. What are the best books on zen buddhism and/or buddhism in general in your opinion? I'm about to order some and would appreciate any good advice.

    Cheers,

    JP.

    PS. Has anyone been reading Thomas Cleary's Classics of Buddhism of Zen - series?



    It's less and less about our reasons / It's more about who's in control (J Mascis)
  •  05-21-2007, 11:06 AM 23087 in reply to 22866

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    Re: Best books on zen & buddhism?

    Could you say more specifically about what you are looking for?  There's a whole lot out there...

     

    For general introductory Zen material, I really like

    Zen Commandments (Dean Sluyter)

    and anything by Cheri Huber

    Both are not heavy and dense, but have real depth conveyed with ease and grace.

     

    Regards,

     

    Brian

  •  05-21-2007, 7:20 PM 23097 in reply to 23087

    Re: Best books on zen & buddhism?

    Actually...

     

    I have often thought that the perfect book on Zen would be a large volume of blank pages.Wink [;)]

    Leo


    Abstract truth has no value unless it incarnates in human beings...
    M. K. Gandhi
  •  06-01-2007, 6:39 AM 23717 in reply to 22866

    Re: Best books on zen & buddhism?

    Thank you for your responses,

    I was looking for some orthodox zen books, classics, and that sort of stuff. I know zen, in my own humble way, but would like to know about zen as well. What I was after were like the top five of zen books to take on a desert island kind of thing.

    Cheers,

    JP.


    It's less and less about our reasons / It's more about who's in control (J Mascis)
  •  06-01-2007, 4:33 PM 23763 in reply to 22866

    Re: Best books on zen & buddhism?

    Check this one out JP.  "Spiritual Enlightenment:  The Damndest Thing" by Jed McKenna

    web site www.wisefoolpress.com

     

    Yours in abiding non-dual awareness...

    FURTHER!


    "The most useful piece of learning for the uses of life is to unlearn what is untrue."
    Antisthenes
  •  06-02-2007, 8:12 AM 23826 in reply to 22866

    Re: Best books on zen & buddhism?

    I love Shunryu Suzuki's  classic "Zen Mind, Beginners Mind" .
    hugs
    shavinganegg


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