Introduction to Zen Buddhism

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The list author says: "My weekly sitting group gets lots of visits from new comers. Here's a list of helpful books to learn about Buddhism in general and Zen in particular. This list is by no means exhaustive. These are books that have been helpful to me as a beginner."
Dhammapada (Shambhala Pocket Classics)
1.  Dhammapada (Shambhala Pocket Classics) by Thomas Henry Byrom
The list author says:
  "This is my preferred starting point. A very accessible and elegant translation of one of the oldest classic texts. These sayings are held to be the exact words of the Buddha, transmitted from teacher to disciple down 2,500 years. This comes as a pocket-sized paperback (I keep it in my purse) and as a small hard cover book."
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Teachings of the Buddha
2.  Teachings of the Buddha by Jack Kornfield
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  "Excellent introduction to the wisdom of the Buddha. Jack Kornfield, a famous American teacher, selects short, representative excerpts from among the thousands of pages of ancient Buddhist texts."
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Buddhism Is Not What You Think: Finding Freedom Beyond Beliefs
3.  Buddhism Is Not What You Think: Finding Freedom Beyond Beliefs by Steve Hagen
The list author says:
  "A very good starting point to learn about Zen, written by an American-born master. Steve Hagen is founding teacher of the Dharma Field Zen Center in Minneapolis."
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Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind (Shambhala Library)
4.  Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind (Shambhala Library) by Shunryu Suzuki
The list author says:
  "This is considered the classic American text on Zen. It is a compilation of dharma talks by San Francisco Zen Center founder Shunryu Suzuki Roshi - as edited by his American students. Caveat: Although the title contains the word "Beginner's Mind," many of the lectures address some advanced concepts. If you're just starting your study of Zen, "Not Always So" might be a better choice to read first."
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Not Always So: Practicing the True Spirit of Zen
5.  Not Always So: Practicing the True Spirit of Zen by Edward Espe Brown
The list author says:
  "These dharma talks by Shunryu Suzki Roshi were selected and edited by one of his senior students, Edward Espe Brown. A good starting point for students who are just beginning to study Zen."
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Being Upright: Zen Meditation and the Bodhisattva Precepts
6.  Being Upright: Zen Meditation and the Bodhisattva Precepts by Reb Anderson
The list author says:
  "Reb Anderson is Senior Dharma Teacher at San Francisco Zen Center and was ordained by Suzuki Roshi. This book on Buddhist ethics is the fruit of nearly a decade of study and lectures about the precepts. Highly recommended!"
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Buddhism: A Concise Introduction
7.  Buddhism: A Concise Introduction by Huston Smith
The list author says:
  "This is a very easy-to-read introduction to the 2,500-year history of Buddhism. It covers both ancient history -- and the development and growth of Buddhism in the West."
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