Best Zen Spirituality 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. You Are Here: Discovering the Magic of the Present Moment
Author: by Thich Nhat Hanh
Cut through the busyness and anxieties of daily life to discover the simple happiness of living in the present moment, as taught by a world-renowned Zen monkIn this book, Thich Nhat HanhZen monk, author, and meditation masterdistills the essence of Buddhist thought and practice, emphasizing the power of mindfulness to transform our lives.
But true mindfulness, Hanh explains, is not an escape. It is being in the present moment, totally alive and free. Based on a retreat that Thich Nhat Hanh led for Westerners, You Are Here offers a range of effective practices for cultivating mindfulness and staying in the present momentincluding awareness of breathing and walking, deep listening, and skillful speech.
These teachings will empower you to witness the wonder of life and transform your suffering, both within and outside you, into compassion, tenderness, and peace. As Thich Nhat Hanh declares, the energy of mindfulness is the energy of the Buddha, and it can be produced by anybody.
4. At Home in the World: Stories and Essential Teachings from a Monk’s Life
Author: by Thich Nhat Hanh
“Followers and newcomers to Nhat Hanh’s teaching alike will find this collection inspiring for everyday practice and for social engagement in the world.”Publishers Weekly This collection of autobiographical and teaching stories from peace activist and Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh is thought provoking, inspiring, and enjoyable to read.
Collected here for the first time, these stories span the author’s life. There are stories from Thich Nhat Hanh’s childhood and the traditions of rural Vietnam. There are stories from his years as a teenaged novice, as a young teacher and writer in war torn Vietnam, and of his travels around the world to teach mindfulness, make pilgrimages to sacred sites, and influence world leaders.
The tradition of teaching the Dharma through stories goes back at least to the time of the Buddha. Like the Buddha, Thich Nhat Hanh uses storytelling to engage people’s interest so he can share important teachings, insights, and life lessons.
5. How to Love (Mindfulness Essentials)
Author: by Thich Nhat Hanh
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.
6. Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within
Author: by Natalie Goldberg
The all-time best-selling writer’s handbook turns thirty. With insight, humor, and practicality, Natalie Goldberg inspires writers and would-be writers to take the leap into writing skillfully and creatively. She offers suggestions, encouragement, and solid advice on many aspects of the writer’s craft: on writing from “first thoughts” (keep your hand moving, don’t cross out, just get it on paper), on listening (writing is ninety percent listening; the deeper you listen, the better you write), on using verbs (verbs provide the energy of the sentence), on overcoming doubts (doubt is torture; don’t listen to it)even on choosing a restaurant in which to write.
Goldberg sees writing as a practice that helps writers comprehend the value of their lives. The advice in her book, provided in short, easy-to-read chapters with titles that reflect the author’s witty approach (“Writing Is Not a McDonald’s Hamburger,” “Man Eats Car,” “Be an Animal”), will inspire anyone who writesor who longs to.
7. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying: A simple, effective way to banish clutter forever
Author: by Marie Kondo
April 3, 2014
Marie Kondo will help you declutter your life with her new major Netflix series Tidying Up with Marie Kondo. Transform your home into a permanently clear and clutter-free space with the incredible KonMari Method. Japan’s expert declutterer and professional cleaner Marie Kondo will help you tidy your rooms once and for all with her inspirational step-by-step method.
The key to successful tidying is to tackle your home in the correct order, to keep only the things you really love and to do it all at once and quickly. After that for the rest of your life you only need to choose what to keep and what to discard.
The KonMari Method will not just transform your space. Once you have your house in order you will find that your whole life will change. You can feel more confident, you can become more successful, and you can have the energy and motivation to create the life you want.
You will also have the courage to move on from the negative aspects of your life: you can recognise and finish a bad relationship; you can stop feeling anxious; you can finally lose weight. Marie Kondo’s method is based on a ‘once-cleaned, never-messy-again’ approach.
8. Fear: Essential Wisdom for Getting Through the Storm
Author: by Thich Nhat Hanh
Written in words so intimate, calm, kind, and immediate, this extraordinary book feels like a message from our very own heart. Thich Nhat Hanh is one of the most important voices of our time, and we have never needed to listen to him more than now.
Sogyal RinpocheFear is destructive, a pervasive problem we all face. Vietnamese Buddhist Zen Master, poet, scholar, peace activist, and one of the foremost spiritual leaders in the worlda gifted teacher who was once nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by Martin Luther King Jr.Thich Nhat Hanh has written a powerful and practical strategic guide to overcoming our debilitating uncertainties and personal terrors.
The New York Times said Hanh, ranks second only to the Dalai Lama as the Buddhist leader with the most influence in the West. In Fear: Essential Wisdom for Getting through the Storm, Hanh explores the origins of our fears, illuminating a path to finding peace and freedom from anxiety and offering powerful tools to help us eradicate it from our lives
9. How to Live: Boxed Set of the Mindfulness Essentials Series
Author: by Thich Nhat Hanh
The five bestselling handbooks of Thich Nhat Hanh’s Mindfulness Essentials Series, How to Sit, How to Eat, How to Walk, How to Love, and How to Relax, are collected together for the first time in a beautifully designed gift box.
The box contains all five titles in their original trade paperback editions, each printed with a different highlight color. The Mindfulness Essentials Series by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh will introduce beginners and remind seasoned practitioners of the essentials of mindfulness practice.
The five books are pocket-sized with bold drawings by California artist Jason DeAntonis, each in a different highlight color. When the spines are lined up in this handsome gift box, the presentation is striking. The books provide explicit, simple directions for carrying out everyday activities with the focused awareness of mindful attention.
Every title in the series has appeared on each of the regional independent bestseller lists, and individual titles have appeared on The New York Times extended list, the NPR bestseller list, and others. The popular blog Brain Pickings has featured How to Love on its landing page for months, among Maria Popova’s “favorite reads.” She writes, “In accordance with the general praxis of Buddhist teachings, Nhat Hanh delivers distilled infusions of clarity, using elementary language and metaphor to address the most elemental concerns of the soul.”
10. Essential Reiki: A Complete Guide to an Ancient Healing Art
Author: by Diane Stein
Reiki is an ancient and profoundly simple system of laying on of hands healing derived from Tibetan Buddhism. In the West, Reiki has been kept highly secret for many years. ESSENTIAL REIKI presents full information on all three degrees of this healing system, most of it in print for the first time.
Teaching from the perspective that Reiki healing belongs to all people, Diane Stein breaks new ground in her classic guide to this ancient practice. While no book can replace the directly received Reiki attunements, ESSENTIAL REIKI provides everything else that the healer, practitioner, and teacher of this system needs.
11. Your True Home: The Everyday Wisdom of Thich Nhat Hanh: 365 days of practical, powerful teachings from the beloved Zen teacher
Author: by Thich Nhat Hanh
Bringing the energy of true presence into our lives really does change things for the betterand all it takes is a little training. This treasury of 365 gems of daily wisdom from one of the most beloved Buddhist teachers of our age is a help and support for anyone who wants to train to meet every moment of life with 100 percent attention.
Thich Nhat Hanh shows how practicing mindfulness can transform every area of our livesand how its benefits radiate beyond us to affect others and the whole, larger world.
12. 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.
13. 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.
14. 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.
15. The Wisdom of Insecurity
Author: by Alan Watts
“The perfect guide for a course correction in life, away from materialism and its empty promise” (Deepak Chopra), The Wisdom of Insecurity shows us howin an age of unprecedented anxietywe must embrace the present and live fully in the now in order to live a fulfilling life.
Spending all our time trying to anticipate and plan for the future and to lamenting the past, we forget to embrace the here and now. We are so concerned with tomorrow that we forget to enjoy today. Drawing from Eastern philosophy and religion, Alan Watts shows that it is only by acknowledging what we do notand cannotknow that we can learn anything truly worth knowing.
Perhaps the foremost interpreter of Eastern disciplines for the contemporary West, Watts had the rare gift of writing beautifully the unwritable.’Los Angeles Times
16. The Snow Leopard (Penguin Classics)
Author: by Peter Matthiessen
An unforgettable spiritual journey through the Himalayas by renowned writer Peter Matthiessen (1927-2014), the National Book Award-winning author of the new novel In Paradise In 1973, Peter Matthiessen and field biologist George Schaller traveled high into the remote mountains of Nepal to study the Himalayan blue sheep and possibly glimpse the rare and beautiful snow leopard.
Matthiessen, a student of Zen Buddhism, was also on a spiritual quest to find the Lama of Shey at the ancient shrine on Crystal Mountain. As the climb proceeds, Matthiessen charts his inner path as well as his outer one, with a deepening Buddhist understanding of reality, suffering, impermanence, and beauty.
This Penguin Classics edition features an introduction by acclaimed travel writer and novelist Pico Iyer. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines.