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Question to Zen Buddhists. Have read books from the Theravadan Tradition. Question: What are some good authors

‘and’ books from Zen Tradition-books especially on the application of The Path of Purification /Zen Meditation?
What are some Zen Buddhist websites to learn from?
Thank You in advance. Unable to attend a temple or meditation center-only able to learn alone from books and websites to practice. Thank You for your friendship and helpful answers in advance.
Have often only provided books, as answers-to people’s questions. Am very new to Buddhism-as a chosen new way of life.


  1. I just bought, yesterday, a book called: The Compass of Zen by Zen Master Seung Sahn – unfortunately, I don’t know a lot about famous masters as my knowledge on that subject is still developing but I have read a few books, including The Tibetan Book of the Living and Dying which is not to be confused with the Tibetan Book of the Dead (which I have also read and recommend).
    I also recommend the Dhammapada if you have not read it.
    Always refreshing to read a question about Buddhism. It’s always Atheists and Christian’s duking it out and it’s kind of boring and repetitive

  2. Here are three classic books on the Zen tradition. I reread each of these every few years and always discover a deeper understanding — yet each is quite accessible to everyone. Readily available, new or used.
    “Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind” by Suzuki Roshi. This is probably the single-most influential book on Zen in the West.
    “Dropping Ashes on the Buddha” by Zen Master Seung Sahn. This book conveys the living vitality of the tradition. This teacher established hundreds of centers around the world.
    “The Mind of Clover” by Robert Aitken Roshi. Aitken Roshi is one of the first Western Zen masters and this book discusses Buddhist ethics. The topic is a little off-beat but Roshi is deeply concerned with the relationship between practice and action in the world, so it’s an interesting read.
    There aren’t many good website on Zen. However, thezensite (link below) contains a wealth of very interesting information. Worth checking out!

  3. My experience causes me to recommend Thich Nhat Hanh. Zen Master, Scholar, perhaps living Buddha.
    I’ve included some links that have free talks. Explore the links on the left side using the 2nd url.
    As far as books, explore at the 3rd link. Would highly recommend audio books if you have that choice.

  4. well, there is a base sutra chan/zen school grows from. it’s called lankavatara. by the legend, bodhidharma (damo), founder of chan/zen school studied this sutra when reached enlightenment in then young shaolin monastery in china. it’s an old sanskrit text. one of the most comprehensive explanations i know. pretty expanded though. i recommend translation by suzuki.
    also there is platform sutra of the sixth patriarch huineng. A well younger text widely respected in chan/zen school. it discusses sudden enlightenment.
    old fashioned and time tested. both freely available in the net. reading takes good deal of reflection and experiment. i recommend discussing things you learn with anyone interested in that. it helps a lot in reflection.
    good luck.


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