Best Zen Philosophy Books
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1. A Year of Zen: A 52-Week Guided Journal
Author: by Bonnie Myotai Treace
Reflect, meditate, and explore through a year of Zen journaling Each day is a new empty space to bring to lifeit can be loaded with stress or decorated with moments of calm and clarity. Embark on a wondrous journey through the self with this 52-week guided journal from Zen priest and teacher Bonnie Myotai Treace, sensei.
Her wise, thought-provoking prompts will lead beginners and experienced practitioners alike through the seasons, filling the blank spaces with peaceful self-exploration and reflection every day. Explore topics from the mundane to the holy with creative prompts like: ReverenceZen artists tend to be very reverential toward the tools of their trade.
Describe your pen, brush, musical instrument, etc., with the deep, precise attention that reflects that reverence. Being a Curious BeingWhat if you could become more curious and impartial toward your thoughts instead of being so easily persuaded by them? Write a few lines as you consider.
Evening ThresholdCatch yourself at sundown, light fading from the sky. What does the arrival of night trigger or bring up for you? Walk the path of growth and build a mindful daily practice with this Zen Buddhism journal.
2. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing
Author: by Marie Kondō
Ten Speed Press
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER The book that sparked a revolution and inspired the hit Netflix series Tidying Up with Marie Kondo: the original guide to decluttering your home once and for all. ONE OF THE MOST INFLUENTIAL BOOKS OF THE DECADECNN Despite constant efforts to declutter your home, do papers still accumulate like snowdrifts and clothes pile up like a tangled mess of noodles?
Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes tidying to a whole new level, promising that if you properly simplify and organize your home once, you’ll never have to do it again. Most methods advocate a room-by-room or little-by-little approach, which doom you to pick away at your piles of stuff forever.
The KonMari Method, with its revolutionary category-by-category system, leads to lasting results. In fact, none of Kondo’s clients have lapsed (and she still has a three-month waiting list). With detailed guidance for determining which items in your house spark joy (and which don’t), this international bestseller will help you clear your clutter and enjoy the unique magic of a tidy homeand the calm, motivated mindset it can inspire.
3. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values
Author: by Robert M Pirsig
William Morrow Paperbacks
Note: The font size of the text in the book is 11. 5 ptA penetrating examination of how we live and how to live betterA narration of a summer motorcycle trip undertaken by a father and his son, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance becomes a personal and philosophical odyssey into fundamental questions on how to live.
The narrator’s relationship with his son leads to a powerful self-reckoning; the craft of motorcycle maintenance leads to an austerely beautiful process for reconciling science, religion, and humanism. Resonant with the confusions of existence, this classic is a touching and transcendent book of life.
This new edition contains an interview with Pirsig and letters and documents detailing how this extraordinary book came to be.
4. Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life
Author: by Thich Nhat Hanh
Bantam (March 1, 1992)
In the rush of modern life, we tend to lose touch with the peace that is available in each moment. World-renowned Zen master, spiritual leader, and author Thich Nhat Hanh shows us how to make positive use of the very situations that usually pressure and antagonize us.
For him a ringing telephone can be a signal to call us back to our true selves. Dirty dishes, red lights, and traffic jams are spiritual friends on the path to mindfulnessthe process of keeping our consciousness alive to our present experience and reality.
The most profound satisfactions, the deepest feelings of joy and completeness lie as close at hand as our next aware breath and the smile we can form right now. Lucidly and beautifully written, Peace Is Every Step contains commentaries and meditations, personal anecdotes and stories from Nhat Hanh’s experiences as a peace activist, teacher, and community leader.
It begins where the reader already isin the kitchen, office, driving a car, walking a partand shows how deep meditative presence is available now. Nhat Hanh provides exercises to increase our awareness of our own body and mind through conscious breathing, which can bring immediate joy and peace.
5. Osho Zen Tarot: The Transcendental Game Of Zen (79-Card Deck and 192-Page Book)
Author: by Osho
St. Martin's Press
79-card deck and 192-page book. When life seems to be full of doubt and uncertainty we tend to look for a source of inspiration: what will happen in the future? What about my health, the children? What will happen if I make this decision and not that one?
This is how the traditional tarot is often used, to satisfy a longing to know about the past and future. This Osho Zen Tarot focuses instead on gaining an understanding of the here and now. It is a system based on the wisdom of Zen, a wisdom that says events in the outer world simply reflect in the outer world simply reflect our own thoughts and feelings, even though we ourselves might be unclear about what those thoughts and feelings are.
So it helps us to turn our attention away from outside events so we can find a new clarity of understanding in our innermost hearts. The conditions and states of mind portrayed by the contemporary images on the cards are all shown as being essentially transitional and transformative.
6. Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up (The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up)
Author: by Marie Kondō
Ten Speed Press
The most popular book in the “How To” series: advice, practices, and food for thought from a Zen Master on our most universal emotion. The third book in the bestselling Mindfulness Essentials series, a back-to-basics collection from world-renowned Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh that introduces everyone to the essentials of mindfulness practice.
Nhat Hanh brings his signature clarity, compassion, and humor to the thorny question of how to love. He distills one of our strongest emotions down to four essentials: you can only love another when you feel true love for yourself; love is understanding; understanding brings compassion; deep listening and loving speech are key ways of showing our love.
Pocket-sized, with original two color illustrations by Jason DeAntonis, How to Love shows that when we feel closer to our loved ones, we are also more connected to the world as a whole. With sections on Love vs. Need, Being in Love, Reverence, Intimacy, Children and Family, Reconciling with Parents, and more, How to Love includes meditations you can do alone or with your partner to go deep inside and expand your own capacity to love.
8. The Art of Power
Author: by Thich Nhat Hanh
October 13, 2009
“A teacher is never a giver of truthhe is a guide, a pointer to the truth that each student must find for himself. A good teacher is merely a catalyst.”Bruce Lee Within the pages of Striking Thoughts, you will find the secrets of Bruce Lee’s incredible success as an actor, martial artist, and inspiration to the world.
Consisting of eight sections, Striking Thoughts covers 72 topics and 825 aphorismsfrom spirituality to personal liberation and from family life to filmmakingall of which Bruce lived by. His ideas helped energize his life and career and made it possible for him to live a happy and assured life, overcoming challenging obstacles with seeming ease.
They also inspired his family, friends, students, and colleagues to achieve success in their own lives and this personal collection will help you in your journey too. Sections include:On First Principlesincluding life, existence, time, and deathOn Being Humanincluding the mind, happiness, fear, and dreamsOn Matters of Existencehealth, love, marriage, raising children, ethics, racism, and adversityOn Achievementwork, goals, faith, success, money, and fameOn Art and Artistsart, filmmaking, and actingOn Personal Liberationconditioning, Zen Buddhism, meditation, and freedomOn the Process of Becomingself-actualization, self-help, self-expression, and growthOn Ultimate (Final) PrinciplesYin-yang, totality, Tao, and the truth This Bruce Lee Book is part of the Bruce Lee Library which also features:Bruce Lee: The Celebrated Life of the Golden DragonBruce Lee: The Tao of Gung FuBruce Lee: Artist of LifeBruce Lee: Letters of the DragonBruce Lee: The Art of Expressing the Human BodyBruce Lee: Jeet Kune Do
10. Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind: 50th Anniversary Edition
Author: by Shunryu Suzuki
Shambhala (June 2, 2020)
June 2, 2020
Named one of the 100 Best Spiritual Books of the Twentieth Century (Spirituality & Practice)A 50th Anniversary edition of the bestselling Zen classic on meditation, maintaining a curious and open mind, and living with simplicity.”In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s there are few.”So begins this most beloved of all American Zen books.
Seldom has such a small handful of words provided a teaching as rich as has this famous opening line. In a single stroke, the simple sentence cuts through the pervasive tendency students have of getting so close to Zen as to completely miss what it’s all about.
It is an instant teaching on the first page-and that’s just the beginning. In the fifty years since its original publication, Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind has become one of the great modern spiritual classics, much beloved, much reread, and much recommended as the best first book to read on Zen.
Suzuki Roshi presents the basics-from the details of posture and breathing in zazen to the perception of nonduality-in a way that is not only remarkably clear, but that also resonates with the joy of insight from the first to the last page.
11. Ordinary Wonder: Zen Life and Practice
Author: by Charlotte Joko Beck
Shambhala (June 22, 2021)
Fresh and never-before published talks on the crux of Buddhist practice and how to uncover wonder in your daily life from legendary Zen teacher and bestselling author Charlotte Joko Beck.”As you embrace the suffering of life, the wonder shows up at the same time.
They go together.”-Charlotte Joko BeckIn this collection of never-before published teachings by Charlotte Joko Beck, one of the most influential Western-born Zen teachers, she explores our core beliefsthe hidden, negative convictions we hold about ourselves that direct our thoughts and behavior and prevent us from experiencing life as it is.
Wryly humorous and relatable, Beck uses powerfully clear language to show how our lives present us with daily opportunities to move from thinking to experiencing, from compulsivity to confidence, and from anguish to peace. Whether you are a Zen practitioner or a reader interested in exploring these teachings for the first time, Ordinary Wonder offers the depth and breadth of Beck’s remarkable experience in an accessible guide to practice amidst the struggles of daily life.
12. Mastery: The Keys to Success and Long-Term Fulfillment
Author: by George Leonard
Drawing on Zen philosophy and his expertise in the martial art of aikido, bestselling author George Leonard shows how the process of mastery can help us attain a higher level of excellence and a deeper sense of satisfaction and fulfillment in our daily lives.
Whether you’re seeking to improve your career or your intimate relationships, increase self-esteem or create harmony within yourself, this inspiring prescriptive guide will help you master anything you choose and achieve success in all areas of your life. In Mastery, you’ll discover: The 5 Essential Keys to Mastery Tools for Mastery How to Master Your Athletic Potential The 3 Personality Types That Are Obstacles to Mastery How to Avoid Pitfalls Along the Path and more…
13. When You Greet Me I Bow: Notes and Reflections from a Life in Zen
Author: by Norman Fischer
Shambhala (May 18, 2021)
From beloved Zen teacher Norman Fischer, a collection of essays spanning a life of inquiry into Zen practice, relationship, social engagement, and spiritual creativity. “Looking backwards at a life lived, walking forward into more life to live built on all that, trying not to be too much influenced by what’s already been said and done, not to be held to a point of view or an identity previously expressed, trying to be surprised and undone and maybe even dismayed by what lies ahead.”-Norman FischerNorman Fischer is a Zen priest, poet, and translator whose writings, teachings, and commitment to interfaith dialogue have supported and inspired Buddhist, Jewish, and other spiritual practitioners for decades.
When You Greet Me I Bow spans the entirety of Norman Fischer’s career and is the first collection of his writings on Buddhist philosophy and practice. Broken into four sections-the joy and catastrophe of relationship; thinking, writing, and emptiness; cultural encounters; and social engagement-this book allows us to see the fascinating development of the mind and interests of a gifted writer and profoundly committed practitioner.
14. The Cow in the Parking Lot: A Zen Approach to Overcoming Anger
Author: by Leonard Scheff
Workman Publishing Company
Don’t get mad.Get calm. Ask yourself: Do I really want to be angry? Leonard Scheff, a trial attorney who used anger to fuel his courtroom persona, realized the answer had to be no.Anger is toxic. Anger is in the eyes of the beholder.
Using simple Buddhist principles and applying them in a way that is easy for non-Buddhists to understand and put into practice, Scheff and Susan Edmiston have created an interactive book that helps readers change perspective, step-by-step, so that they can replace the anger in their lives with newfound happiness.
Based on the Transforming Anger workshop Shceff created, The Cow in the Parking Lot shows how anger is based on unmet demands, from the reasonable (we want love from our partner) to the irrational (we want respect from a total stranger) to the impossible (we want someone to fix everything in our life).
The authors show how, once we identify our real unmet demands, we can dissolve the anger. The same is true for our buttonsonce we understand them, we can defuse what happens when they’re pushed. We learn to laugh at ourselves, a critical early step in changing angry behavior.
15. Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind: Informal Talks on Zen Meditation and Practice (Shambhala Library)
Author: by Shunryu Suzuki
“In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s there are few.” So begins this most beloved of all American Zen books. Seldom has such a small handful of words provided a teaching as rich as has this famous opening line of Shunryu Suzuki’s classic.
In a single stroke, the simple sentence cuts through the pervasive tendency students have of getting so close to Zen as to completely miss what it’s all about. An instant teaching on the first page. And that’s just the beginning.
In the thirty years since its original publication, Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind has become one of the great modern Zen classics, much beloved, much re-read, and much recommended as the best first book to read on Zen. Suzuki Roshi presents the basicsfrom the details of posture and breathing in zazen to the perception of nondualityin a way that is not only remarkably clear, but that also resonates with the joy of insight from the first to the last page.
It’s a book to come back to time and time again as an inspiration to practice.
16. No Man Is an Island
Author: by Thomas Merton
A recapitulation of his earlier work Seeds of Contemplation, this collection of sixteen essays plumbs aspects of human spirituality. Merton addresses those in search of enduring values, fulfillment, and salvation in prose that is, as always, inspiring and compassionate. A stimulating series of spiritual reflections which will prove helpful for all struggling to…
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