The Zen Studies Podcast


Bechert, Heinz and Richard Gombrich (eds.). The World of Buddhism: Buddhist Monks and Nuns in Society and Culture. London: Thames and Hudson, 1984.

Bodhi, Bhikkhu. In the Buddha’s Words: An Anthology of Discourses from the Pali Canon. Somerville, MA: Wisdom Publications, 2005.

Bodhi, Bhikkhu. The Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha: A Translation of the Majjhima Nikaya. Somerville, MA: Wisdom Publications, 2015.

Bodiford, William ed. Going Forth. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press: 2005.

Burtt, E.A. The Teachings of the Compassionate Buddha. New York: New American Library, 2000.  (Original copyright 1955).

Buswell, Robert E. Jr., and Donald S. Lopez Jr. The Princeton Dictionary of Buddhism. New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 2014.

Chang, Garma C.C. A Treasure of Mahayana Sutras. University Park, PA: Pennsylvania State University Press, 1983.

Chu, William. “Bodhisattva Precepts in the Ming Society: Factors behind their Success and Propagation.” Journal of Buddhist Ethics, Volume 13: 2006.

Cleary, Thomas (translator). Sayings and Doings of Pai-chang: Ch’an Master of Great Wisdom [i.e. Huai-hai]. Los Angeles: Center Publications, 1978. (Hard to find text; click here for online version.)

Conze, Edward. Buddhist Scripture. London: Penguin Books, 1959.

Conze, Edward. Buddhist Wisdom: Containing the Diamond Sutra and the Heart Sutra. New York, New York: Vintage Spiritual Classics, 2001. (Original copyright 1958)

Conze, Edward. The Perfection of Wisdom in Eight Thousand Lines and Its Verse Summary. San Francisco, CA: Four Seasons Foundation, 1973.

Datta, Amaresh. Encyclopaedia of Indian Literature, Volume 2. New Delhi: Sahitya Akademi, 1988. (Hard to find text; click here for Google books preview.)

De Bary, William Theodore. The Buddhist Tradition in India, China and Japan. New York: Vintage Books, 1969.

Dumoulin, Heinrich. Zen Buddhism: A History. Volume I:India and China. Canada: World Wisdom, 2005.  (Original copyright 1988.)

Embree, Ainslie T. Sources of Indian Tradition, Second Edition. Volume One: From the Beginning to 1800. New York: Columbia University Press, 1988. (Original copyright 1958.)

Fischer-Schreiber, Ingrid, Franz-Karl Ehrhard and Michael S. Diener (Michael H. Kohn, Translator). A Concise Dictionary of Buddhism and Zen. Boston: Shambala Publications, 2010. (Original copyright 1991.)

Horner, I. B., M.A. The Book Of The Discipline (Vinaya-Pitaka) Vol. I. (Suttavibhanga). London: Pali Text Society, 1949

Leighton, Taigen Dan (translator). Cultivating the Empty Field: The Silent Illumination of Zen Master Hongzhi. Boston, MA: Tuttle Publishing, 2000

Leighton, Taigen Dan. Just This Is It: Dongshan and the Practice of Suchness. Boston, MA: Shambala Publications, 2015.

Mascaro, Juan. The Upanishads: Translations from the Sanskrit. Baltimore, Maryland: Penguin Books, 1965.

Mitchell, Donald and Sarah Jacoby. Buddhism: Introducing the Buddhist Experience, Third Edition. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2014.

Nanamoli, Bhikkhu. The Life of the Buddha: According to the Pali Canon. Pariyatti Publishing. Kindle Edition.

Okumura, Shohaku. Realizing Genjokoan: The Key to Dogen’s Shobogenzo (Kindle Locations 297-299). Wisdom Publications. Kindle Edition.

Pine, Red. The Heart Sutra: The Womb of the Buddhas. Berkeley, California: Counterpoint Press, 2004.

Reeves, Gene (translator). The Lotus Sutra: A Contemporary Translation of a Buddhist Classic. Somerville, MA: Wisdom Publications, 2008.

Rhys Davids, T.W. Buddhist birth-stories: Jataka tales. The commentarial introd. entitled Nidanakatha; the story of the lineage. Translated from V. Fausböll’s ed. of the Pali text. London: G. Routledge, 1878.

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Skilton, Andrew. A Concise History of Buddhism. Cambridge, UK: Windhorse Publications, 1994.

Snelling, John. The Buddhist Handbook. Rochester, Vermont: Inner Traditions, 1991.

Soto Zen Text Project. An initiative of the Sotoshu Shumucho International Division, 2002-2011.

Strong, John S.  The Experience of Buddhism: Sources and Interpretations, Second Edition. Belmont, California: Wadsworth/Thomson Learning, 2002.

Stryk, Lucien. World of the Buddha: An Introduction to Buddhist Literature. New York: Grove Press, 1968.

Tanahashi, Kazuaki. The Heart Sutra: A Comprehensive Guide to the Classic of Mahayana Buddhism. Boulder, Colorado: Shambala Publications, 2014.

Thanissaro Bhikku. The Buddhist Monastic Code: The Patimokkha Training Rules. Valley Center, CA: Metta Forest Monastery, 1994.

Thanissaro, Bhikku. The Wings to Awakening: An Anthology of the Pali Canon. Barre, Massachusetts: Dhamma Dana Publications, 1996. (Also available online:

Uchiyama, Kosho. From the Zen Kitchen to Enlightenment: Refining Your Life. Translated by Thomas Wright. New York, NY: Weatherhill, 1983

Warder, A.K. Indian Buddhism. New Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass, 1970.

Warren, Henry Clarke. Buddhism in Translations. New York: Atheneum, 1972.  (Original copyright 1896.)

Winternitz, Maurice. A History of Indian Literature, Volume II. Calcutta: University of Calcutta, 1933.

Wright, Dale S. (Author), Steven Heine (Editor). The Zen Canon: Understanding the Classic Texts. New, NY: Oxford University Press, 2004.

Yifa, Venerable. Origins of Buddhist Monastic Codes in China (Classics in East Asian Buddhism): an annotated translation and study of the Chanyuan qinggui. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 2002.