The Zen Studies Podcast


Arai, Paul Kane Robinson. Women Living Zen: Japanese Soto Buddhist Nuns. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 1999.

Bays, Jan Chozen. The Vow-Powered Life: A Simple Method for Living with Purpose. Boston, MA: Shambala Press, 2015.

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

Beck, Charlotte Joko. Every Zen:  Love and Work.  New York, NY: Harpercollins,  1989.

Blofeld, John. Bodhisattva of Compassion: The Mystical Tradition of Kuan Yin. Boston, MA: Shambala Publications, 1988.

Bodhi, Bhikkhu (ed). A Comprehensive Manual of Abhidhamma: The Abhidhammattha Sangaha (Vipassana Meditation and the Buddha’s Teachings). Pariyatti Publishing. Kindle Edition. (Original copyright 1993)

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.

Bodiford, William. Soto Zen in Medieval Japan. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press: 1993.

Brahmavamso, Ajahn. “The Five Hindrances: A talk given by Ajahn Brahmavamso at Bodhinyana Monastery, 2001.”

Buddhaghosa, and Ñāṇamoli (translator). The Path of Purification: Visuddhimagga. Berkeley, Calif: Shambhala Publications, 1976. Click here for a pdf.

Burk, Domyo (compiler). Basic Elements of Zen Practice: Teachings from Dharma Rain Zen Center. Portland, OR: Dharma Rain Zen Center, 2008. Click here for a pdf.

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.

Caplow, Florence, and Susan Moon (editors). The Hidden Lamp: Stories from Twenty-Five Centuries of Awakened Women. Boston, MA: Wisdom Publications. 2013.

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). The Flower Ornament Scripture: A Translation of the Avatamsaka Sutra. Boston, MA: Shambala Publications, 1993.

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.)

Cleary, Thomas (translator). Transmission of Light: Zen in the Art of Enlightenment /by Keizan. Berkeley, CA: North Point Press, 1990.

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

Conze, Edward. Buddhist Thought in India: Three Phases of Buddhist Philosophy. Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press, 1973. (Original copyright 1962)

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.

Cook, Francis Dojun (trans.). The Record of Transmitting the Light: Zen Master Keizan’s Denkoroku. Boston, MA: Wisdom Publications, 2003.

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.

Dogen, Eihei. Dogen’s Genjokoan: Three Commentaries. Berkeley, CA: Counterpoint, 2011.

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, Norman. The World Could Be Otherwise: Imagination and the Bodhisattva Path. Boulder, CO: Shambala Publications, 2019.

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.)

Fronsdal, Gil. The Dhammapada: A new translation of the Buddhist classic with annotations. Boston, MA: Shambhala Publications. Kindle Edition, 2005.

Fujita, Issho. Polishing a Tile. Available as a pdf:

Harvey, Peter. An Introduction to Buddhism: Teachings, History and Practices. Second edition. New York, NY: Cambridge University Press. 2013 (original copyright 1990).

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

Kapleau, Philip. The Three Pillars of Zen: Teaching, Practice, and Enlightenment. New York, NY: Anchor Books, 1965, 1989.

Kessler, David. Finding Meaning: The Sixth Stage of Grief. Scribner. Kindle Edition.

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

Leighten, Taigen Dan. Faces of Compassion: Classic Bodhisattva Archetypes and Their Modern Expression. Boston, MA: Wisdom Publications, 2003.

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

Loori, John Daido (ed). The Art of Just Sitting: Essential Writings on the Zen Practice of Shikantaza. Boston, MA: Wisdom Publications, 2004.

MacPhillamy, Rev. Daizui (editor). Roar of the Tigress The Oral Teachings of Rev. Master Jiyu-Kennett: Western Woman and Zen Master, Volume II. Mount Shasta, CA: Shasta Abbey Press. Click here for a pdf.

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. Seattle, Washington: Pariyatti Publishing, 1972.

Narasaki, Tsugen. Practices at a Zen Monastery – Clothing, Eating, Housing: Being in Harmony with the Dharma. Zuioji Senmon Sodo, Japan, 2011.

Nhat Hanh, Thich. Anger: Wisdom for Cooling the Flames. New York, NY: Riverhead Books, 2001.

Nishijima, Gudo and Chodo Cross. Master Dogen’s Shobogenzo (in four volumes). London: Windbell Publications, 1994

Okumura, Shohaku. Living by Vow: A Practical Introduction to Eight Essential Zen Chants and Texts. Somerville, MA: Wisdom Publications, 2012.

Okumura, Shohaku. Realizing Genjokoan: The Key to Dogen’s Shobogenzo. Somerville, MA: Wisdom Publications, 2010.

Pine, Red. The Diamond Sutra: The Perfection of Wisdom. Berkeley, California: Counterpoint Press, 2001.

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

Price, A.F. and Wong Mou-lam (translators). The Diamond Sutra and the Sutra of Hui-Neng. Boston, MA: Shambala Classics, 2005.

Rahula, Walpola. What the Buddha Taught. New York, NY: Grove Press, 1974.

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

Reps, Paul, and Nyogen Senzaki. Zen Flesh, Zen Bones: A Collection of Zen and Pre-Zen Writings. North Clarendon, VT: Tuttle Publishing, 1957, 1985.

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.

Rizzetto, Diane Eshin. Waking up to What You Do: A Zen Practice for Meeting Every Situation with Intelligence and Compassion. Boston, Massachusetts: Shambala Publications, 2005.

Robinson, Richard R., Willard L. Johnson, and Thanissaro Bhikku. Buddhist Religions: A Historical Introduction. Fifth Edition. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth/Thomson Learning, 2005.

Rockwell, Irini. The Five Wisdom Energies: A Buddhist Way of Understanding Personalities, Emotions, and Relationships. Shambala Publications, Boston MA: 2002.

Shantideva. The Way of the Bodhisattva: A Translation of the Bodhicharyavatara. Translated by the Padmakara Translation Group. Boston, MA: Shambala Publications, 1997.

Sheng Yen. Faith in Mind: A Guide to Chan Practice. Dharma Publishing, 1987.

Sheng Yen. Getting the Buddha Mind: On the Practice of Chan Retreat. Dharma Drum Publications, 1982.

Sheng Yen. The Method of No-Method: The Chan Practice of Silent Illumination. Shambhala, 2008.

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

Smith, Huston. Why Religion Matters: The Fate of the Human Spirit in an Age of Disbelief. New York, NY: HarperCollins, 2001.

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.

Strong, John S. The Buddha: A Short Biography. Oxford, England: Oneworld Publications, 2001.

Strong, John S. Buddhisms: An Introduction. London, England: Oneworld Publications, 2015.

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

Suzuki, Daisetz Teitaro. The Training of the Zen Buddhist Monk. Boston, MA: Charles E. Tuttle Co, 1994. (Originally published in 1934 by the Eastern Buddhist Society)

Suzuki, Daisetz Teitaro (translator). Açvaghosha’s Discourse on the Awakening of Faith in the Mahâyâna: Translated for the First Time From the Chinese Version (Classic Reprint). London, UK: Forgotten Books, 2015.

Suzuki, Shunryu. Branching Streams Flow in the Darkness: Zen Talks on the Sandokai. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 1999.

Suzuki, Shunryu. Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind. New York, NY: Weatherhill 1970.

Swearer, Donald K. The Buddhist World of Southeast Asia. Albany, New York: SUNY Press, 2010.

Tatz, Mark and Jody Kent.  Rebirth: The Tibetan Game of Liberation.  Garden City, New York: Anchor Books, 1977.

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

Tanahashi, Kazuaki, trans., ed. Moon in a Dewdrop: Writings of Zen Master Dogen. New York, NY: North Point Press, 1985

Tanahashi, Kazuaki, trans., ed. Treasury of the True Dharma Eye: Zen Master Dogen’s Shobo Genzo. Boston, MA: Shambala Publications, 2010.

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:

Tharchin, Sermey Geshe Lobsang.  King Udrayana and the Wheel of Life.  Howell, New Jersey: Mahayana Sutra and Tantra Press, 1984.

Trungpa, Chögyam.  Transcending Madness: The Experience of the Six Bardos.  Boston: Shambala Publications, 1992.

Uchiyama, Kosho. How to Cook Your Life: From the Zen Kitchen to Enlightenment. Translated by Thomas Wright. Boston, MA: Shambala Publications, 2005.

Uchiyama, Kosho. Opening the Hand of Thought: Foundations of Zen Buddhist Practice. Tom Wright (Translator), Jisho Warner (Translator), Shohaku Okumura (Translator). Somerville, MA: Wisdom Publications, 2004.

Walters, Jonathan S. (trans.) Legends of the Buddhist Saints: Apadanapali. Jonathan Walters and Whitman College, available online:, 2018.

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

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

Watson, Burton (Translator). The Zen Teachings of Master Lin-chi. New York, NY: Columbia University Press, 1993.

Welwood, John. Toward a Psychology of Awakening: Buddhism, Psychotherapy, and the Path of Personal and Spiritual Transformation. Boston, MA: Shambhala Publications. 2002.

Wick, Gerry Shishin. The Book of Equanimity: Illuminating Classic Zen Koans. Boston, MA: Wisdom Publications, 2005.

Williams, Duncan Ryuken. The Other Side of Zen: A Social History of Soto Zen Buddhism in Tokugawa Japan. Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 2005.

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

Wolfer, Jikyo Cheryl. Seeds of Virtue, Seeds of Change: A Collection of Zen Teachings. Olympia, WA: Temple Ground Press, 2014.

Wright, Dale S. (Author). The Six Perfections: Buddhism and the Cultivation of Character. New, NY: Oxford University Press, 2009.

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

Wright, Robert. Why Buddhism Is True: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment. New York, NY: Simon and Schuster, 2017.

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.