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*A Buddhist Bible* Edited by Dwight Goddard:(Boston
: Beacon Press,1970, c1938) This book has translations
of the Diamond Sutra, Dao De King (more popularly known as
Tao Te Ching), the Platform Sutra of the Sixth Zen Patriarch,
the Awakening of Faith Shastra, solid fundamental discussions
of the historical Buddha and his teachings.
*The Authentic Dhammapada
of the Buddha* This is the first accurate english translation
of the Buddhism's most popular discourse. This translation
will bring a deeper meaning to the teachings of Buddhism that
has never before been seen in the west.
*The Shambhala Dictionary of Buddhism
and Zen* This dictionary is a useful tool when reading
the Sutras. Often a reference to a list or a term is
made and the use of this dictionary is great in understanding
the terms. The dictionary also has a biography of all
of the major Saints and Bodhisattvas that are found though
out the Buddhist Cannon. I recommend to get this book
if you are doing any Sutra reading.
*The Zen teachings of Master Lin-chi*,
trans. Burton Watson (Boston : Shambhala Publications, 1993)
Master Rinzai otherwise known as "Lin-chi" presents Zen in
a no-nonsence fashion. He shows us a Zen of "no-position",
meaning that the Zen he teaches is beyond robes, bells and
*The Zen teaching of Bodhidharma*,
trans. Red Pine (San Francisco : North Point Press, 1987)
This book teaches the heart and soul of Dark Zen. We
recomend that all new Buddhist read this book.
*The record of Tung-shan*,
trans. William F. Powell (Honolulu : University of Hawaii
*Minding Mind : A
Course in Basic Meditation* Translated
by Thomas Cleary. Some types of meditation are aimed
at promoting a sense of confidence and well-being in everyday
life, while other types focus on producing altered states
of consciousness, transcending the world, or developing skills
for serving other people. The instructions in this book
focus on the highest type of all, "Pure, clear meditation":
a state of true objectivity that enables the practitioner
to use all of the other types of meditation freely and consciously,
with out becoming fixated or obsessed.
*The Zen teaching of Hui Hai on sudden
illumination*, trans. John Blofeld (London : Rider,1969, c1962)
This book is one of my favorite books, and a must have for
any personal library.
*The Zen teaching of Huang Po on the transmission
of mind*, trans. John Blofeld (Chu Ch'an) (London : The Buddhist
*Ch'an and Zen teaching*, ed. & trans.
Lu K`uan Yu (Charles Luk). (London : Rider,1960)
Paul Reps, *Zen flesh, Zen bones*
(Tokyo, Rutland, Vt. : C.E. Tuttle Co., 1957) Paul
Reps presents a view of Zen with art and poetry. The
Dark Zen theme runs though all of this book.
D.T. Suzuki, *Manual of Zen Buddhism*,
(London, New York : Published for the Buddhist Society, by
Rider,1956) This is a must have book for
the serious Zen Buddhist student.
* The Way to Buddhahood : Instructions
from a Modern Chinese Master * by Master Yin-Shun.
The Way to Buddhahood is a compendium of two thousand years
of Chinese practice in assimilating and understanding the
Buddhist experience of enlightenment. It is the first in-depth
explanation of Chinese Buddhism by Yin-shun, the greatest
living master of the Chinese scholar-monk tradition. The master's
broad scope not only includes the traditional Chinese experience
but also ideas from the Tibetan monastic tradition. This is
one of those rare classic books that authentically captures
an entire Buddhist tradition between its covers.
*The Authorized Dark Zen Meditation Manual
of Buddhism* By Zenmar
For the first time Buddhist practice has been restored as
it was taught by the Buddha. This meditation of antecedent-conjoinment
in Sati and Samadhi yoking to the Unific bliss really works.
I'm sick and nauseated by endless books on mindfulness and
concentration by New Age scam artists looking to line their
wallet and don't give a tinkers-damn about the genuine teachings
and path of liberation as the Buddha actually taught it. This
book works and works well. It is backed up with the first
accurate translation of the Anapanasati Sutta in which the
Buddha outlines the practice of liberation from cyclic samsara
existence in aggregated being.
*Original Teachings of Ch'an Buddhism;
Selected from the Transmission of the Lamp*( by Chang
Chung-yuan.) This is an excellent book to use as a primer
in understanding Chinese Ch'an. The Author presents
several cases out of the "Transmission of the Lamp" and then
breaks down the cases explaining cultural meanings and the
Buddhist view of those days. I found that I was able
to see the metaphor and understand the meaning of the cases
after reading this book.
*The Holy Teachings of Vimalakirti*
(Translated by Robert Thurman.) This Sutra is noted
as the "jewel of the Mahayana sutras". Vimalakirti,
a man of the world (lay practitioner) is said to be the highest
of all of Buddhas disciples. Vimalakirti in this sutra
clears up the confusions surrounding the central Buddhist
concepts of emptiness, or voidness. This is a must have
book for the serious Buddhist student.
*The Message of the
Buddha* Perhaps one of the best beginner’s books ever
written on the Buddha’s teaching, Jayatilleke’s marvelous
book, The Message of the Buddha, gives the dedicated beginner
a concise and panoramic view of Buddhist principles.
in Pali Buddhism* By Peter
Masefield. This book penetrates to the very core of
the historical and spiritual roots of Buddhism (and the noble
eightfold path) that will shock those embracing a popular/modern
understanding of Buddhism to the point of trembling in their
shoes. His vast and scholarly approach and textual support
his arguments of the role of divine revelation ( personally
by the Buddha) for the historical attainment of "right view"
is an essential consideration which challenges contemporary
practicing buddhist who presume to accomplish the buddhist
goal and final condition (sotapatti-fruits) via their un-aided
efforts to engaged the eight fold path. It is a marvelous
revelation of how Buddhism is rooted in the same universal
"dynamics" that underlies many of the world great mystic traditions
such as Natha and shabd yoga. His rescue, and defense of the
original "form" of the Dhamma as not being its exposition
in the form of suttas, but rather as a "transcendental" sound
( shabd, nam,nada,etc), gives new ( and much deeper) meaning
to the tathagata emphasis on "hearing the Dharma" as the primary
( and only) means for bringing suffering to an end. I cannot
recommend his book enough to all serious ( and courageous)
seekers of nirvana.
*Why Has Bodhi-Dharma Left for the East(1989)-
English subtitles* The film tells
the story of two people and their search for liberation. A
mid-20's man named Hibong has left the world with all its
pain and hardship, seeking the way out from an old Zen master
secluded in the Korean Mountains. The other is a 11 year old
boy who curiously looks at the world. Also available in DVD
John Boorman's film brings forth the mystical
story of King Author, Merlin and the sword called Excalibur.
There is a deep theme of spirituality born, lost and rediscovered.
This classic "grail" film, shows the true Mysticism that we
still have in our western culture. Also available in DVD
*Zen Lessons* By Thomas Cleary. A guide to enlightened conduct for
people in positions of authority, based on the teachings of
several great Zen masters of China.