What are the best Zen books?

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    #1Zen 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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    Kathy Diaz
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "This is a great solution because the book covers Zen."
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    #2Everyday Zen: Love & Work

    Everyday Zen: Love & Work

    Everyday Zen: Love and Work is an introductory guidebook written by Charlotte Beck about an Americanized approach to Zen and its applications in life, from love to work to fear and suffering. It was published in 2009.

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    Lori Bowman
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "If you're trying to learn concepts of Zen on a basic level, this book is excellent. I had never picked up a Zen book in my life and this really stuck with me. I sat and read this in the bookstore for about an hour when I was just trying to browse around. Very interesting read!"
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    #3Zen and Japanese Culture

    Zen and Japanese Culture

    This book is perfect for those who wish to understand better the concept of Zen: its evolution throughout many years and eras, its connections to the samurai's philosophy and how it has influenced many Japanese traditions and ceremonies. 




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    Zachary Austin
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "I actually enjoyed this Zen book but I have to admit I had a hard time finishing it. It has good content if you're into this type of reading, but it just felt a bit slow moving for me."
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    #4Zen Shorts

    Zen Shorts
    Zen Shorts by Jon J. Muth is a children's illustration book that depicts the Zen philosophy in the character of the giant panda named Stillwater. This book is a good read even for adults.
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    #5Book of Serenity: One Hundred Zen Dialogues

    Book of Serenity: One Hundred Zen Dialogues

    Book of Serenity: One Hundred Zen Dialogues is a nonfiction philosophical book about Zen Buddhism written by Thomas Cleary. This nonfiction philosophical book about Zen Buddhism was published on March 22, 2005 by Shambhala.

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    Terry Phillips
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "This book is a good translation of a classic Zen work. Recommend to people who love Zen"
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    #6Hsin Hsin Ming: The Book of Nothing

    Hsin Hsin Ming: The Book of Nothing

    Hsin Hsin Ming, the Book of Nothing: Discourses on the Faith Mind of Sosan is a religious Zen Buddhism spiritual book written by Osho. With over 200 pages, this book is published in 1983 by Osho International Foundation.

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    Paridhi Mehta
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "This book is life changing. It makes you think of yourself, your problems, others, their problems. It lets you examine your issues in the grand scheme and makes you realize that it's probably not all bad. A definite recommendation to everyone, it could change your life."
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    #7Gateless Barrier: Zen Comments on the Mumonkan

    Gateless Barrier: Zen Comments on the Mumonkan

    Gateless Barrier: Zen Comments on the Mumonkan is a nonfiction philosophical book about Zen Buddhism written by Gerry Shishin Wick. This nonfiction philosophical book about Zen Buddhism was published on March 15, 2005 by Wisdom Publiscations.

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Summary

Best What are the best Zen books
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Zen Mind, Beginner's MindBooks 6 Paid
2Everyday Zen: Love & WorkBooks 4 Paid
3Zen and Japanese Culture Books 2 Paid
4Zen ShortsBooks 1 Paid
5Book of Serenity: One Hundred Zen DialoguesBooks 0 Paid
6Hsin Hsin Ming: The Book of NothingBooks 0 Paid
7Gateless Barrier: Zen Comments on the MumonkanBooks 0 Paid
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