What are the best Zen Buddism books for beginners?

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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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    Nathan Fox
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "a great and very cheap book about the basics of meditating."
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    #2The Spiritual Secrets of Happiness Health and Success

    The Spiritual Secrets of Happiness Health and Success
    The Spiritual Secrets of Happiness Health and Success is a non-fiction self-help book written by Andrew C. Walton. It is first published in 2009 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform. 
          
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    Vivaan Jhadav
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "Do you enjoy reading about different cultures and religions. If you do, try "The Spiritual Secrets of Happiness Health and Success". I've read a lot of books like this and I must say this is by far one of the best, it's easy to understand with very easy practical steps to follow. Buy this book!"
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    #3The 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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    Joyce Johnston
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "I'm learning about Zen Buddhism and needed the best book for beginners of it. I found The Way of Zen. My teacher recommended it to me. It's a history and guidebook by Alan W. Watts about Buddhism and Taoism. It's just what I needed. It's so fascinating! I've learned so much through this book. Definitely check kit out if you love Buddhism and need to learn more about it."
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    #4Everyday 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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    Harry Howell
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "Everyday Zen: Love & Work is an introduction into Buddhism, that not only shows you a step in the right spiritual direction. It has a lot of lessons and morals to learn."
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    #5What the Buddha Taught: Revised and Expanded Edition

    What the Buddha Taught: Revised and Expanded Edition
    What the Buddha Taught: Revised and Expanded Edition with Texts from Suttas and Dhammapada is a guidebook by Walpola Rahula about the modern Buddhism. It has a foreword from Paul Demieville and 16 illustrations.
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    Zachary Wood
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "I don't really know much about Buddism but this book looks like if I read it I would change that and would learn plenty. It has many reviews and is rated very highly so I would be very satisfied to find this in the search results."
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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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    Kyle Ellis
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "While in nature this book helps one to relax and become one within themselves, Helps with stress that happens through out the days."
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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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    Philip Vargas
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "Being translated in more than 30 languages, this book can reach thousands if not millions of beginners. It is also a guidebook meaning it will guide you throughout your peaceful lifestyle!"
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    #8The 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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    Paul Daniels
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "The Miracle of Mindfulness: An Introduction to the Practice of Meditation is a guide to Zen by Thich Nhat Hanh. In it he teaches that every task is an opportunity for self enrichment."
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    #9Zen 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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    Sanvi Patel
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "This book is good for learning the general understanding of Japanese culture and thoughts. This is interesting to find out Japanese customs and reasoing, good read for those who are going to Japan. "
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    #10The 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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    Jeffrey Ruiz
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "Very well translated and a great introductory book for zen buddism. This book is a collection of sermons, dialogues, and anecdotes from the Tang Dynasty. "
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    #11The Diamond Sutra and the Sutra of Hui-Neng (Shambhala Dragon Editions)

    The Diamond Sutra and the Sutra of Hui-Neng (Shambhala Dragon Editions)

    The Diamond Sutra and the Sutra of Hui-Neng (Shambhala Dragon Editions) is a Philosophy, Spiritualism, Zen Buddhism Reference Book written by A. F. Price et al. It was published May 12, 1974 by Shambala.

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    Alfredo del Ángel
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "This is a great book, i have always been interested in Buddhism as i have seen it alot from traveling the world. This book gave me the basic knowledge i needed to begin to understand the religion. "
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    #12The Heart of Understanding

    The Heart of Understanding
    The Heart of Understanding: Commentaries on the Prajnaparamita Heart Sutra is a Philosophy, Spiritualism, Zen Buddhism Reference Book written by Thich Nhat Hanh. It was published October 1, 1988 by Parallax Press.
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    Jerry Riley
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "This book gets to the point. It is a useful commentary by a genuine Zen master. It makes it easier to understand."

Summary

Best What are the best Zen Buddism books for beginners
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Zen Mind, Beginner's MindBooks 47 Paid
2The Spiritual Secrets of Happiness Health and SuccessBooks 31 Paid
3The Way of ZenBooks 25 Paid
4Everyday Zen: Love & WorkBooks 21 Paid
5What the Buddha Taught: Revised and Expanded EditionBooks 18 Paid
6Zen in the GardenBooks 16 Paid
7Being PeaceBooks 12 Paid
8The Miracle of MindfulnessBooks 5 Paid
9Zen and Japanese Culture Books 3 Paid
10The Zen Teaching of Huang PoBooks 1 Paid
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