What Is a Good First Book to Read on Zen Buddhism?


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"The Miracle of Mindfulness" by Thich Nhat Hanh is a good first book to read on Zen Buddhism, according to About.com. Popular in the West and among non-Buddhists, it introduces the reader to mindfulness and Mahayana. It also illustrates how Zen Buddhist practices can be incorporated into everyday life.

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"The Eight Gates of Zen" by John Diado Loori and "Taking the Path of Zen" by Robert Aitken are also highly recommended books on Zen Buddhism. The former book explains formal Zen training and the necessity of a Zen teacher-student relationship, while the latter one acts as a manual on Zen training.

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