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Best Zen Books: The Ultimate List

Our list of some of the best Zen books & series in recent years. Get inspired by one or more of the following books.

1. Zen as F*ck: A Journal for Practicing the Mindful Art of Not Giving a Sh*t (Zen as F*ck Journals) (2018)

 Best Zen Books: The Ultimate ListThe road to serenity is ahead, and it’s paved with a f*ck-ton of profanity. When quiet meditation and peaceful mantras aren’t enough to cut through the bullsh*t and brighten your day―hold close the pages of Zen as F*ck. On each and every page, you can give the good around you a warm f*cking hug and kick the bad on its ass. Journal your way through positive affirmations and cathartic-as-f*ck activities on your liberating journey toward something pretty close to happiness. Sprinkle, scatter, or set off a glitter-bomb of happy vibes onto your trail of tranquility with Zen as F*ck!• Start sparkling like the f*cking gem you are•…
Author(s): Monica Sweeney

2. Zen To Go ()

 Best Zen Books: The Ultimate ListDec.1990 Plume/Penguin oblong trade paperback, 8th printing. Jon Winokur (Mondo Canine ). Bite-sized bits of wisdom from the East and the West, from the Buddha to Yogi Berra. – Amazon…
Author(s): Jon Winokur

3. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.: An Inquiry into Values. ()

 Best Zen Books: The Ultimate ListMass Market Paperback Publisher: Random House Inc. ASIN: B000YG0HWG Package Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.1 x 1.1 inches Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies) Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 1,649 customer reviews Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,823,584 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #3017 in Zen Philosophy (Books) Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?…
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4. Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind: Informal Talks on Zen Meditation and Practice (2011)

 Best Zen Books: The Ultimate List“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.  An instant teaching on the first page.  And that’s just the beginning. In the forty years since its original publication, Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind has become one of the great modern spiritual classics,…
Author(s): Shunryu Suzuki , Trudy Dixon , et al.

5. The Way of Zen (1999)

 Best Zen Books: The Ultimate ListIn his definitive introduction to Zen Buddhism, Alan Watts explains the principles and practices of this ancient religion to Western readers. With a rare combination of freshness and lucidity, he delves into the origins and history of Zen to explain what it means for the world today with incredible clarity. Watts saw Zen as “one of the most precious gifts of Asia to the world,” and in The Way of Zen he gives this gift to readers everywhere….
Author(s): Alan W. Watts

6. [(Zen in the Martial Arts)] [Author: Joe Hyams] published on (January, 1997) ()

 Best Zen Books: The Ultimate ListPaperback Publisher: Bantam (January 1, 1997) Language: English ASIN: B00Y2VU8O6 Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 243 customer reviews Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?…
Author(s): Jan 1, 1997

7. The Three Pillars of Zen: Teaching, Practice, and Enlightenment (1989)

 Best Zen Books: The Ultimate ListIn this classic work of spiritual guidance, the founder of the Rochester Zen Center presents a comprehensive overview of Zen Buddhism. Exploring the three pillars of Zen—teaching, practice, and enlightenment—Roshi Philip Kapleau, the man who founded one of the oldest and most influential Zen centers in the United States, presents a personal account of his own experiences as a student and teacher, and in so doing gives readers invaluable advice on how to develop their own practices. Revised and updated, this 35th anniversary edition features new illustrations…
Author(s): Philip Kapleau Roshi

8. Zen of Graphics Programming: The Ultimate Guide to Writing Fast PC Graphics (1994)

 Best Zen Books: The Ultimate ListIncludes easy-to-follow techniques for programming leading-edge graphics including texture mapping, 3D animation, hidden surface removal, antialiasing, 3D shading, color modeling, and much more. Features a complete 3D, 256-color animation library you can use today to create amazing applications from games to virtual worlds to anything else your imagination will lead you to. Provides thousands of lines of C and assembly source code ready to drop into applications. Gives you the best high-level and low-level graphics programming advice and tips from the acknowledged…
Author(s): Michael Abrash

9. Essays in Zen Buddhism – First Series (1975)

 Best Zen Books: The Ultimate ListWill be shipped from US. Used books may not include companion materials, may have some shelf wear, may contain highlighting/notes, may not include CDs or access codes. 100% money back guarantee….
Author(s): D.T Suzuki

10. Zen and American Transcendentalism – an Investigation of One’s Self. (1970)

 Best Zen Books: The Ultimate ListPaperback Publisher: Hokuseido Press; First Edition edition (1970) ISBN-10: 0893460230 ISBN-13: 978-0893460235 ASIN: B000KBKNT2 Shipping Weight: 15.8 ounces Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,103,191 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?…
Author(s): Shoei Ando

11. Zen and the Art of Happiness (2006)

 Best Zen Books: The Ultimate ListCutting-edge science and spirituality tell us that what we believe, think, and feel actually determine the makeup of our body at the cellular level. In Zen and the Art of Happiness, you will learn how to think and feel so that what you think and feel creates happiness and vibrancy in your life rather than gloominess or depression. You’ll learn how to adapt to life’s inevitable changes, how to deal with stress in a healthy way, and how to nurture a mindful happiness in your daily life. Most importantly, the gentle wisdom of Zen and the Art of Happiness will show you how to…
Author(s): Chris Prentiss

12. Zen: Beginner’s Guide: Happy, Peaceful and Focused Lifestyle for Everyone (Positive Psychology Coaching Series) (Volume 7) by Ian Tuhovsky (2014-11-20) ()

 Best Zen Books: The Ultimate ListPaperback Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (1861) ASIN: B01FIZYP9S Shipping Information: View shipping rates and policies Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 89 customer reviews Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?…
Author(s): Jan 1, 1861

13. Osho Zen Tarot: The Transcendental Game Of Zen (79-Card Deck and 192-Page Book) (1995)

 Best Zen Books: The Ultimate List79-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…
Author(s): Osho, Ma Deva Padma

14. Presentation Zen: Simple Ideas on Presentation Design and Delivery (2nd Edition) (Voices That Matter) (2011)

 Best Zen Books: The Ultimate ListBest-selling author and popular speaker Garr Reynolds is back in this newly revised edition of his classic, best-selling book, Presentation Zen, in which he showed readers there is a better way to reach the audience through simplicity and storytelling, and gave them the tools to confidently design and deliver successful presentations. In this new edition, Garr gives his readers new, fresh examples to draw inspiration from, with a whole new chapter for those who present on more technical and educational topics based on techniques used by many presenters who give high-level talks at TED and other powerhouse events. Whether the reader…
Author(s): Garr Reynolds

15. Zen Seeds: 60 Essential Buddhist Teachings on Effort, Gratitude, and Happiness (2019)

 Best Zen Books: The Ultimate ListIn this sparkling collection of teachings, Japanese Zen master Shundo Aoyama Roshi offers an entry to the authentic practice of Zen Buddhism. Or, rather, she offers a myriad of entries—for Zen Seeds, as its title suggests, is comprised of brief chapters meant to plant seeds of wisdom and compassion in readers. Ranging from classical Zen sources, such as the teachings of Dogen and the encounter stories of the koans, to anecdotes from Aoyama’s fascinating life and from those of her many students, the book paints a profoundly compelling portrait of the transformative possibilities of Zen. A…
Author(s): Shundo Aoyama

Best Zen Books: The Ultimate List

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Genesis and download some zen books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

Being Zen: Bringing Meditation To Life

Author(s): Ezra Bayda
ID: 2678906, Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Year: 8.7.2014, Size: 376 Kb, Format: fb2

Zen And The Art Of Happiness

Author(s): Chris Prentiss
ID: 2673433, Publisher: SCB Distributors, Year: 4.6.2014, Size: 8 Mb, Format: fb2

Zen meditation in psychotherapy

Author(s): Alexander Simpkins
ID: 2669505, Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Year: 27.5.2014, Size: 3 Mb, Format: fb2

Please note that this booklist is not final. Some books are absolutely chart-busters according to Washington Post, others are composed by unknown authors. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant links you could recommend? Leave a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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