Fuyu's Reading List

If you're seeking to explore Zen or Buddhism more deeply, here is a list of my favourite books that you can use to learn more about this ancient tradition.

This list contains only books that I have personally read. I do not suggest books that I haven't read. I've included in this list my favourite non-Buddhist books as well.

Whether you are entirely new to Zen or a seasoned practitioner, you will get from these books different things, depending on where you are on the path. I've had some of these books for more than three decades, and every time I read them, I get a fresh new understanding.

Enjoy your reading!

- Fuyu

PS: Books with a are my top favourites!


The Ring of the Way
By Taisen Deshimaru

Questions to a Zen Master
By Taisen Deshimaru

Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind
By Shunryu Suzuki

Not Always So
By Shunryu Suzuki, Edward Espe Brown

Manual of Zen Buddhism
by D.T. Suzuki

Everyday Zen: Love and Work
by Charlotte J. Beck

Each Moment Is the Universe
By Dainin Katagiri

Asking About Zen: 108 Answers
By Jiho Sargent

The Zen Teaching of Homeless Kodo
By Kosho Uchiyama, Shohaku Okumura

Become What You Are
by Alan W. Watts

Zen Flesh, Zen Bones
by Paul Reps

General Buddhism

Buddhism is not what you think
by Steve Hagen

In the Buddha's Words
By Bhikkhu Bodhi

Buddhism: One Teacher, Many Traditions
By Dalai Lama, Thubten Chodron

Why Buddhism is True
By Robert Wright


The Miracle of Mindfulness
By Thich Nhat Hanh

Wherever You Go, There You Are
by Jon Kabat-Zinn

10-Minute Mindfulness
by S.J. Scott, Barrie Davenport


Good Karma
by Thubten Chodron

Zen & Karma
By Taisen Deshimaru


The Book of Joy
By Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu

The Art of Happiness
by Dalai Lama

TIME Mindfulness
by The Editors Of TIME


Anger: Wisdom for Cooling the Flames
by Thich Nhat Hanh

Healing Anger
by Dalai Lama

Japanese Culture

Japan: A Guide to Traditions, Customs and Etiquette
by Boye Lafayette De Mente, Geoff Botting

Introduction to Japanese Culture
by Narumi Yasuda

Japanese Art

Painting Peace
by Kazuaki Tanahashi

Martial Art Philosophy

Zen & Budo
By Taisen Deshimaru, Philip Coupey

Miyamoto Musashi: His Life and Writings
by Kenji Tokitsu

The Complete Book of Five Rings
by Miyamoto Musashi, Kenji Tokitsu

Samurai Culture

Hagakure: The Secret Wisdom of the Samurai
by Yamamoto Tsunetomo, Alexander Bennett

The Code of the Samurai
by Oscar Ratti, Thomas Cleary

Zen Classics

Treasury of the True Dharma Eye
by Kazuaki Tanahashi

Dogen's Extensive Record
by Dogen Zenji

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