Top 10 Best Books to Read in Zen Spirituality - August 2021



Here are our top ten recommendations if you are looking for the best books to read in Zen Spirituality. We have made sure our list is diverse to cater to the interests of different types of readers.

1. How to Relax (Mindfulness Essentials Book 5)


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Zen Spirituality - August 2021

Thich Nhat Hanh continues his exploration of Zen mindfulness practices with this pocket-sized how-to guide that demonstrates the importance of taking time to stop, relax, and recharge How to Relax is part of The Mindfulness Essentials series of how-to titles by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, introducing beginners and reminding seasoned practitioners of the essentials of mindfulness practice. Pocket-sized, with original two color illustrations by celebrated artist Jason DeAntonis, How to Relax shows how critical it is to regularly interrupt the hub-bub and routine of our lives to stop, relax mindfully, and recharge. Thich Nhat Hanh says that when we relax, we “become calm water, and we will reflect reality as it is. If we’re not calm, the image we reflect will be distorted. When the image is distorted by our minds, it’s not the reality, and it causes lots of suffering.” Relaxation is essential for accessing the tranquility and joy that lead to increased personal well-being. With sections on healing, relief from nonstop thinking, transforming unpleasant sounds, solitude, being peace, and more, How to Relax includes meditations you can do to help you achieve the benefits of relaxation no matter where you are. Scientific studies indicate that meditation contributes tremendously to well-being, general health, and longevity. How to Relax is a unique gift for those who want a simple guide to achieving deep relaxation, controlling stress, and renewing mental freshness and clarity, appropriate for those practicing in any spiritual tradition, whether seasoned practitioners or new to meditations.

  • Author: Thich Nhat Hanh
  • Publisher: Parallax Press (September 18, 2015)
  • Genre: Religion & Spirituality, Buddhism

                 

2. A Year of Zen: A 52-Week Guided Journal


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Zen Spirituality - August 2021

Reflect, meditate, and explore through a year of Zen journaling Each day is a new empty space to bring to life―it can be loaded with stress or decorated with moments of calm and clarity. Embark on a wondrous journey through the self with this 52-week guided journal from Zen priest and teacher Bonnie Myotai Treace, sensei. Her wise, thought-provoking prompts will lead beginners and experienced practitioners alike through the seasons, filling the blank spaces with peaceful self-exploration and reflection every day. Explore topics from the mundane to the holy with creative prompts like: Reverence ―Zen artists tend to be very reverential toward the tools of their trade. Describe your pen, brush, musical instrument, etc., with the deep, precise attention that reflects that reverence. Being a Curious Being ―What if you could become more curious and impartial toward your thoughts instead of being so easily persuaded by them? Write a few lines as you consider. Evening Threshold ―Catch yourself at sundown, light fading from the sky. What does the arrival of night trigger or bring up for you? Walk the path of growth and build a mindful daily practice with this Zen Buddhism journal.

  • Author: Bonnie Myotai Treace
  • Publisher: Rockridge Press; Illustrated edition (September 22, 2020)
  • Genre: Religion & Spirituality, Buddhism
  • ISBN: 978-1647397173
  • Dimensions: 6 x 0.48 x 9 inches

                 

3. The Buddha's Guide to Gratitude: The Life-Changing Power of Every Day Mindfulness


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Zen Spirituality - August 2021

How to shift the “focus on what is right in our lives instead of what is missing.... This audiobook is a guide to increasing your happiness quotient” (Nina Lesowitz, author of Living Life as a Thank You ). As it turns out, Buddha had quite a lot to say on the subject of gratitude, including citing it as one of the four keys to the Gate of Heaven. Studies show - and experts counsel - that gratitude is a key component of our happiness. People who are grateful about events and experiences from the past, who celebrate triumphs instead of focusing on losses or disappointments, tend to be more satisfied. Gratitude can help us transform our fears into courage, our anger into forgiveness, our isolation into belonging, and another’s pain into healing. Even in the midst of over-busyness, stress, and chaos, we can find plenty to be glad about, and this audiobook will start your journey toward Zen and gratefulness. The Buddha’s Guide to Gratitude provides you with positive thinking “power tools” that will help you build a more grateful life, including: Mindful meditations Hands-on exercises Profound practices Inspiring quotations Thought-provoking questions

  • Author: Becca Anderson
  • Genre: Religion & Spirituality, Buddhism, Zen, Spirituality

                 

4. You Are Here: Discovering the Magic of the Present Moment


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Zen Spirituality - August 2021

Cut through the busyness and anxieties of daily life to discover the simple happiness of living in the present moment, as taught by a world-renowned Zen monk In this book, Thich Nhat Hanh—Zen monk, author, and meditation master—distills the essence of Buddhist thought and practice, emphasizing the power of mindfulness to transform our lives. But true mindfulness, Hanh explains, is not an escape. It is being in the present moment, totally alive and free. Based on a retreat that Thich Nhat Hanh led for Westerners,  You Are Here  offers a range of effective practices for cultivating mindfulness and staying in the present moment—including awareness of breathing and walking, deep listening, and skillful speech. These teachings will empower you to witness the wonder of life and transform your suffering, both within and outside you, into compassion, tenderness, and peace. As Thich Nhat Hanh declares, “the energy of mindfulness is the energy of the Buddha, and it can be produced by anybody.” It is as simple as breathing in and breathing out.

  • Author: Thich Nhat Hanh
  • Publisher: Shambhala; Reprint edition (December 21, 2010)
  • Genre: Religion & Spirituality, Buddhism
  • ISBN: 978-1590308387
  • Dimensions: 5 x 0.48 x 7.73 inches

                 

5. The Wisdom of Insecurity: A Message for an Age of Anxiety


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Zen Spirituality - August 2021

Alan W. Watts' "message for an age of anxiety" is as powerful today as it was when this modern classic was first published. We spend too much time trying to anticipate and plan for the future, too much time lamenting the past. We often miss the pleasures of the moment in our anxious efforts to ensure the next moment is as enjoyable. Drawing from Eastern philosophy and religion, Watts argues that it is only by acknowledging what we do not and cannot know that we can find something truly worth knowing. In order to lead a fulfilling life, one must embrace the present - live fully in the now. Elegantly reasoned and lucidly written, this philosophical achievement contains all the wisdom and spirit that distinguished Watts' long career and resonates with us still.

  • Author: Alan Watts
  • Genre: Religion & Spirituality, Buddhism, Zen, Spirituality

                 



6. Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind: Informal Talks on Zen Meditation and Practice


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Zen Spirituality - August 2021

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 works. Seldom has such a small handful of words provided a teaching as rich as this famous opening line of Shunryu Suzuki's classic. 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 in the first minutes. And that's just the beginning. In the 30 years since its original publication, Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind has become one of the great modern Zen classics. Suzuki Roshi presents the basics in a way that is remarkably clear and resonates with the joy of insight. Listeners will refer to this audio time and time again as an inspiration to practice.

  • Author: Shunryu Suzuki
  • Genre: Religion & Spirituality, Buddhism, Zen, Spirituality

                 

7. Spirituality for Badasses: How to find inner peace and happiness without losing your cool


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Zen Spirituality - August 2021

Fulfillment, healing, peace & happiness should never come at the cost of losing our smarts, uniqueness, strength, integrity, sense of humor, or cool... Finally! Someone had the cojones to write it: A seriously funny & irreverent spiritual self-help book that bypasses all the conventional & cliched niceties & offers you – the reader & star of the show – dead-on, practical ways to change your life for good, forever. Spirituality for Badasses contains numerous astonishingly simple and spectacularly effective principles, techniques and methods which will change everything about your life, including who you think you are and who you truly are. Spirituality for beginners: No preparation required. Anyone can do it. Start immediately. You’ll experience deep inner changes simply by reading the book. Yes, Spirituality for Badasses is some powerful mojo. Oh- and it’s also funny as sh#! and -fair warning- contains cursing, tequila drinking, loud rock-n-roll and bar fights. Get it now. You’ll have zero regrets. This isn’t your parent’s self-help book. If you’re looking for a bulleted list of coddling, woo-woo, positive-think, rainbows & unicorns spiritual advice & exercises- This is not the spiritual self-help book you are looking for… Move along. Spirituality for Badasses takes you the reader on a high-stakes, cross country, road trip adventure where you’ll encounter a cornucopia of beautiful places, strange experiences and wild people. In the midst of this adventure you will be challenged, pushed to the edge and invited to experience life and yourself in radically transformative ways: Your guide and traveling companion, J. Stewart Dixon shows you the gritty no-holds bar ropes of what it takes – attention, awareness, mindfulness, recognizing the limited ego-mind, meeting deep seated fears and knowing your most intimate inner self- to become a true spiritual badass. Fair Warning: Contains cursing, tequila drinking, loud rock-n-roll and bar fights This ride is not for the faint of heart, those easily offended or those who can’t handle shadowy, counter-intuitive, uncomfortable truths. Spirituality for Badasses is a backwards, upside-down, handle bar-free,106 m.p.h., roller coaster ride of a self-help book – that doesn’t let up until your real self has been really helped. “No, friend—this is not Chicken Soup for the Soul . This is a double shot of LSD-laced, jalapeño infused Patron tequila…and it’s going to eat your soul for breakfast. Just kidding—sort of.” From Chuck Hillig, best-selling author of Seeds for the Soul : “ Spirituality for Badasses is an irreverent, exuberant, free-wheeling, stream of consciousness saga that chronicles the spiritual journey in ways that are unique, humorous, challenging and a hell of a lot of fun … buckle up and be prepared for a wild ride that’s readable, accessible and eminently relatable. Two enthusiastic thumbs up! Highly recommended!” Okay Badass- It’s time to decide: Use the Look Inside feature to take a test drive. Then purchase the book and experience the first self-help book you’ve ever read– that will actually make a huge, fundamental difference in your life … the difference between who you think you are and who you really are.

  • Author: J. Stewart Dixon
  • Publisher: Jeff Stewart Dixon (January 11, 2021)
  • Genre: Religion & Spirituality, Buddhism
  • ISBN: 978-0985857905
  • Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.83 x 8.5 inches

                 

8. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing (The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up)


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Zen Spirituality - August 2021

#1  NEW YORK TIMES  BESTSELLER • The book that sparked a revolution and inspired the hit Netflix series  Tidying Up with Marie Kondo : the original guide to decluttering your home once and for all. ONE OF THE MOST INFLUENTIAL BOOKS OF THE DECADE—CNN   Despite constant efforts to declutter your home, do papers still accumulate like snowdrifts and clothes pile up like a tangled mess of noodles? Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes tidying to a whole new level, promising that if you properly simplify and organize your home once, you’ll never have to do it again. Most methods advocate a room-by-room or little-by-little approach, which doom you to pick away at your piles of stuff forever. The KonMari Method, with its revolutionary category-by-category system, leads to lasting results. In fact, none of Kondo’s clients have lapsed (and she still has a three-month waiting list).  With detailed guidance for determining which items in your house “spark joy” (and which don’t), this international bestseller will help you clear your clutter and enjoy the unique magic of a tidy home—and the calm, motivated mindset it can inspire.

  • Author: Marie Kondō
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press; 1st edition (October 14, 2014)
  • Genre: Kindle Store, Kindle eBooks, Arts & Photography

                 

9. Fear: Essential Wisdom for Getting Through the Storm


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Zen Spirituality - August 2021

“Written in words so intimate, calm, kind, and immediate, this extraordinary book feels like a message from our very own heart….Thich Nhat Hanh is one of the most important voices of our time, and we have never needed to listen to him more than now.” —Sogyal Rinpoche Fear is destructive, a pervasive problem we all face. Vietnamese Buddhist Zen Master, poet, scholar,  peace activist, and one of the foremost spiritual leaders in the world—a gifted teacher who was once nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by Martin Luther King Jr.—Thich Nhat Hanh has written a powerful and practical strategic guide to overcoming our debilitating uncertainties and personal terrors. The New York Times said Hanh, “ranks second only to the Dalai Lama” as the Buddhist leader with the most influence in the West. In Fear: Essential Wisdom for Getting through the Storm , Hanh explores the origins of our fears, illuminating a path to finding peace and freedom from anxiety and offering powerful tools to help us eradicate it from our lives

  • Author: Thich Nhat Hanh
  • Publisher: HarperOne; Reprint edition (March 4, 2014)
  • Genre: Religion & Spirituality, Buddhism
  • Dimensions: 5.31 x 0.4 x 8 inches

                 

10. Hardcore Zen: Punk Rock, Monster Movies and the Truth about Reality


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Zen Spirituality - August 2021

This is not your typical Zen book. Brad Warner, a young punk who grew up to be a Zen master, spares no one. This bold new approach to the "Why?" of Zen Buddhism is as strongly grounded in the tradition of Zen as it is utterly revolutionary. Warner's voice is hilarious, and he calls on the wisdom of everyone from punk and pop culture icons to the Buddha himself to make sure his points come through loud and clear. As it prods readers to question everything, Hardcore Zen is both an approach and a departure, leaving behind the soft and lyrical for the gritty and stark perspective of a new generation. The subtitle says it all: There has never been a book like this.

  • Author: Brad Warner
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs, Arts & Literature, Composers & Musicians, Punk