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



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

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


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Zen Philosophy - 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

                 

2. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Zen Philosophy - 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: Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Home Improvement & Design
  • ISBN: 978-1607747307
  • Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.9 x 7.3 inches

                 

3. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance


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

This lyrical, evocative, thought-provoking journal of a man's quest for truth - and for himself - has touched and changed an entire generation, and is ready to reach out to a new one. At its heart, the story is all too simple: a man and his son take a motorcycle trip across America. But this is not a simple trip at all, for around every corner, through mountain and desert, wind and rain, and searing heat and biting cold, their pilgrimage leads them to new vistas of self-discovery and renewal. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance is an elemental work that has helped to shape and define the past 25-years of American culture. This special audio edition presents this adventure in an exciting new way - for the millions who have already taken this journey and want to travel these roads again, and for the many more who will discover for the first time the wonders and challenges of a story that will change the way they think and feel about their lives. Unique to audio, this edition features a new introduction by the author.

  • Author: Robert M. Pirsig
  • Genre: Religion & Spirituality, Buddhism, Zen, Philosophy

                 

4. Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up (The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up)


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

NEW YORK TIMES  BESTSELLER • The star of the   hit Netflix series  Tidying Up with Marie Kondo  and author of  The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up  helps you visualize your ideal lifestyle. Japanese decluttering guru Marie Kondo has revolutionized homes—and lives—across the world. Now, Kondo presents an illustrated guide to usingher acclaimed KonMari Method to create a joy-filled home that works the way you need it to. Spark Joy  features step-by-step folding illustrations for everything from shirts to socks, plus drawings of perfectly organized drawers and closets. Kondo also answers frequently asked questions, such as whether to keep “necessary” items that may not bring you joy. With guidance on specific categories including kitchen tools, cleaning supplies, hobby goods, digital photos, and even building your own personal “power spot” in your home, this comprehensive companion is sure to spark joy in anyone who wants to simplify their life.

  • Author: Marie Kondō
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press; Illustrated edition (January 5, 2016)
  • Genre: Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Home Improvement & Design
  • ISBN: 978-1607749721
  • Dimensions: 5.22 x 1.01 x 7.27 inches

                 

5. Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life


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

In the rush of modern life, we tend to lose touch with the peace that is available in each moment. World-renowned Zen master, spiritual leader, and author Thich Nhat Hanh shows us how to make positive use of the very situations that usually pressure and antagonize us. For him a ringing telephone can be a signal to call us back to our true selves. Dirty dishes, red lights, and traffic jams are spiritual friends on the path to “mindfulness”—the process of keeping our consciousness alive to our present experience and reality. The most profound satisfactions, the deepest feelings of joy and completeness lie as close at hand as our next aware breath and the smile we can form right now. Lucidly and beautifully written, Peace Is Every Step contains commentaries and meditations, personal anecdotes and stories from Nhat Hanh’s experiences as a peace activist, teacher, and community leader. It begins where the reader already is—in the kitchen, office, driving a car, walking a part—and shows how deep meditative presence is available now. Nhat Hanh provides exercises to increase our awareness of our own body and mind through conscious breathing, which can bring immediate joy and peace. Nhat Hanh also shows how to be aware of relationships with others and of the world around us, its beauty and also its pollution and injustices. The deceptively simple practices of Peace Is Every Step encourage the reader to work for peace in the world as he or she continues to work on sustaining inner peace by turning the “mindless” into the mindFUL.

  • Author: Thich Nhat Hanh
  • Publisher: Bantam (March 1, 1992)
  • Genre: Religion & Spirituality, Buddhism
  • ISBN: 978-0553351392
  • Dimensions: 5.26 x 0.43 x 8.24 inches

                 



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


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Zen Philosophy - 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. Hardcore Zen: Punk Rock, Monster Movies and the Truth about Reality


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Zen Philosophy - 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

                 

8. How to Love (Mindfulness Essentials)


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

The most popular book in the "How To" series: advice, practices, and food for thought from a Zen Master on our most universal emotion.  The third book in the bestselling Mindfulness Essentials series, a back-to-basics collection from world-renowned Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh that introduces everyone to the essentials of mindfulness practice. Nhat Hanh brings his signature clarity, compassion, and humor to the thorny question of how to love. He distills one of our strongest emotions down to four essentials: you can only love another when you feel true love for yourself; love is understanding; understanding brings compassion; deep listening and loving speech are key ways of showing our love. Pocket-sized, with original two color illustrations by Jason DeAntonis, How to Love shows that when we feel closer to our loved ones, we are also more connected to the world as a whole. With sections on Love vs. Need, Being in Love, Reverence, Intimacy, Children and Family, Reconciling with Parents, and more, How to Love includes meditations you can do alone or with your partner to go deep inside and expand your own capacity to love. Scientific studies indicate that meditation contributes tremendously to well-being, general health, and longevity. How to Love is a unique gift for those who want a comprehensive yet simple guide to understanding the many different kinds of love, along with meditative practices that can expand the understanding of and capacity for love, appropriate for those practicing in any spiritual tradition, whether seasoned practitioners or new to meditation.

  • Author: Thich Nhat Hanh
  • Publisher: Parallax Press; Reprint edition (December 1, 2014)
  • Genre: Religion & Spirituality, Buddhism
  • ISBN: 978-1937006884
  • Dimensions: 4 x 0.38 x 5.94 inches

                 

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


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

79-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 ourselves might be unclear about what those thoughts and feelings are. So it helps us to turn our attention away from outside events so we can find a new clarity of understanding in our innermost hearts. The conditions and states of mind portrayed by the contemporary images on the cards are all shown as being essentially transitional and transformative. The text in the accompanying book helps to interpret and understand the images in the simple, straightforward and down to earth language of Zen. The traditional Tarot is often used to satisfy a longing to know about the past and future. The Osho Zen Tarot instead focuses 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 our own thoughts and feelings, even though we ourselves may be unclear about what those thoughts and feelings are. We are helped to turn our attention away from outside events in order to find a new clarity of understanding about what is happening in our own hearts. Contains a 79 card full-color deck plus instruction book.

  • Author: Osho
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; 7th ed. edition (April 15, 1995)
  • Genre: Religion & Spirituality, Buddhism
  • ISBN: 978-0312117337
  • Dimensions: 5.13 x 2.06 x 7.66 inches

                 

10. The Way of Zen


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

Discover how the understanding and practice of Zen can bring peace and enlightenment into your daily life in this classic work.  Narrated by Sean Runnette, this audio program presents Alan Watts's classic bestseller, introducing Western listeners to Zen Buddhism and elaborating on the key concepts including:  The history of Zen  The principles and practice of Zen  The tradition of Za-Zen (meditation) and the Koan  The integration of Zen into every aspect of life The Way of Zen presents an understandable, inspirational, and spiritually rewarding exploration of Zen Buddhism - a way of liberation - that may be one of the most precious gifts of Asia to the world.

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