Zen Books for Beginners
A list of books for beginners to Zen, or those looking to refresh their beginner's mind. Originally from the San Francisco Zen Center website.
1 The Miracle of Mindfulness:...
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2 Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind: ...
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3 A Guide to the Present Moment
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4 FROM BUDDHA TO JESUS: An In...
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5 Om Chanting and Meditation
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6 What the Buddha Taught with...
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7 Being Peace
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8 Laughing Buddha
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9 Taking the Path of Zen
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10 Being Nobody, Going Nowhere...
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11 The Way of Zen
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12 The Spiritual Secrets of Ha...
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13 Nothing Personal: Seeing Be...
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14 Buddhist Ethics
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15 A Path with Heart: A Guide ...
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16 The Still Point
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17 The Myth of Freedom and the...
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17 You Have to Say Something
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19 The Whisper of Your Soul
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19 The Divine Code From 1 to 2...
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19 1971 (Mark Miller's One, #10)
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19 Sweeping Changes:  Discover...
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19 The Mindfulness Workbook fo...
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19 A Straight Road with 99 Cur...
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19 Meditation: How To Reduce S...
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19 The Bhagavad Gita
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19 Zen Unleashed: Everyday Bud...
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19 Zen Happens
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19 The Little Universe
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19 Shortcuts to Mindfulness: 1...
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31 From Buddha to Jesus (Chine...
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31 Rebel Buddha: On the Road t...
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33 Entering the Stream: An Int...
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34 The Issue at Hand:  Essays ...
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34 Without Buddha I Could not ...
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36 Cutting Through Spiritual M...
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36 There Is Nothing Wrong with...
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38 Seeking the Heart of Wisdom...
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39 How to Meditate: A Practica...
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40 Meditation in Action
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Christina.reads I was reading Laughing Buddha: The Alchemy of Euphoric Livingthis month. The best book I read on Buddha lifestyle.


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Craig I would hesitate to recommend this list to a beginner. Many of these books have nothing to do with Zen.


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