What are the best books about Zen Buddhism?

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    #1Basho's Haiku

    Basho's Haiku
    Basho's Haiku: Selected Poems of Matsuo Basho is a compilation of poetry works written by renowned Zen monk Matsuo Basho. It was released in 2004. It is translated by David Landis Barnhill. 



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    Annie Zhang
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "What other items do customers buy after viewing this item? Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind Paperback. Shunryu Suzuki. The Miracle Of Mindfulness: The Classic Guide to Meditation by the World's Most Revered Master (Classic Edition) Paperback. An Introduction to Zen Buddhism Paperback. The Zen Teaching of Bodhidharma Paperback."
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    #2Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind

    Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind

    Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind: Informal Talks on Zen Meditation and Practice is a book by famous Zen master Shunryu Suzuki about how a complete beginner can apply Zen in his life. It has an afterword from his biographer, David Chadwick.

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    Aaron Graham
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "zen mind, beginners mind"
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    #3The Miracle of Mindfulness

    The Miracle of Mindfulness
    The Miracle of Mindfulness: An Introduction to the Practice of Meditation is a guidebook written by Thich Nhat Hanh. It was illustrated by Vo-Dihn Mai and translated by Mobi Ho. It was released in 1999.
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    George Miller
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "useful"
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    #4The Zen Teaching of Huang Po

    The Zen Teaching of Huang Po
    The Zen Teaching of Huang Po: On the Transmission of Mind is a guidebook written by Huang Po His Yun with an introduction from P'ei Hsiu. It was translated by John Blofeld and was released in 1994.
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    Echo Du
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "This is a great book for anyone who is looking to learn more about the Buddhist religion, or meditation. It gives a clear understanding of why people follow this religion, and how it can help you."
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    #5Zen's Chinese Heritage

    Zen's Chinese Heritage
    Zen's Chinese Heritage -- The Masters & Their Teachings is a study book on Buddhism written by Andy Ferguson with forewords from Tenshin Reb Anderson and Steven Heine. It was released in 2000.
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    Danielle Fowler
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "Learn about the great power of meditation, staying humble, and the budda practice. In this best selling work written by Andy Ferguson. You can involve your life into something much more peaceful while finding complete zen."
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    #6Zen in the Garden

    Zen in the Garden

    Zen in the Garden: Finding Peace and Healing Through Nature is a nonfiction self-help book written by Tracy J. Thomas. This was originally published in 2015. In this book, the author uncovers secrets about achieving one's personal growth.

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    Kevin Taylor
    Written on May 1, 2018
    ""Zen in the Garden" is a wonderful book filled with fabulous nature photos, tips on how to live a more peaceful life in this hectic, over busy world and great little "contemplation" or "meditations" that will calm your frazzled thoughts and help you get back into a place of peace and restfulness."
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    #7Being Peace

    Being Peace

    Being Peace is a guidebook on meditation written by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. It was first published in 1987 and has been translated into more than 30 languages. It has an introduction from Jack Kornfield.

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    Christina Hughes
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "Being Peace is a perfect introduction to Buddhism. This version is revised from the 1987 publication and still going strong! Everyone needs a little tranquility in their lives and this book definitely has that. "
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    #8The Eight Gates of Zen

    The Eight Gates of Zen

    The Eight Gates of Zen: A Program of Zen Training is a guidebook written by John Daido Loori. It was released in 2002. It is a beginner's guide to practicing Zen and how to apply it in life.

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    Parakram Sen
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "I grew up in a southern Christian home and never experienced too much in terms of outside religions. When I went to college, I wanted to truly explore the world and its cultures so I began reading this book about Zen Buddhism. While I don't necessarily agree or plan to follow this teaching, I feel much more cultured and aware of how and why other people think. "
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    #9Instruction Manual for the 21st Century Samurai

    Instruction Manual for the 21st Century Samurai
    Living the samurai way of life these days would be very hard -to begin with, you wouldn't be able to carry your sword everywhere-, so this book will tell you how to face many of today's life situations the way a Japanese samurai would do it.




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    Sarah Montgomery
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "This is not very useful. There is more to being a samurai than carrying a sword. I don't believe this person has given any insight into the book."
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    #10The Way of Zen

    The Way of Zen

    The Way of Zen is a history and guidebook written by Alan W. Watts about the beginning of Buddhism and Taoism, and about how the two philosophies evolved throughout time. It was first published in 1957 and is considered a classic.

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    Thomas Ryan
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "It's definitely not a definitive volume of information, nor is it historical - more philosophical. With that in mind, this book is interest and does its job. What I mean by not historical is that it does not treat itself like a historical analysis but rather a summary for the purpose of explaining the philosophy. I think it's a bit too short for my taste and it's missing some information but overall it's a good book."

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Best What are the best books about Zen Buddhism
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Basho's HaikuBooks 41 Paid
2Zen Mind, Beginner's MindBooks 37 Paid
3The Miracle of MindfulnessBooks 34 Paid
4The Zen Teaching of Huang PoBooks 32 Paid
5Zen's Chinese HeritageBooks 32 Paid
6Zen in the GardenBooks 27 Paid
7Being PeaceBooks 24 Paid
8The Eight Gates of ZenBooks 23 Paid
9Instruction Manual for the 21st Century SamuraiBooks 18 Paid
10The Way of ZenBooks 11 Paid
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