Our teachers Reverends Rinsen and Do'on recommend starting with Rev. James Myoun Ford Roshi's books:
- If You're Lucky, Your Heart Will Break: Field Notes from a Zen Life.
- Introduction to Zen Koans: Learning the Language of Dragons
James Ford Roshi was our teachers' guiding teacher and gave Rinsen Sensei full Dharma Transmission as a recognized Zen teacher in the Koan Introspection and Soto Zen traditions on March 19, 2015 followed by Inka Shomei recognition on August 13, 2019.
Recommendations from our Novice Priests-in-Training
- On Zen Practice: Body, Breath, and Mind. Hakuyu Taizan Maezumi and Bernard Glassman.
- Zen in the Art of Archery. Eugen Herrigel
- Not Always So: Practicing the True Spirit of Zen. Shunryu Suzuki.
Other Great Books for Beginners
- In the Buddhas Words. Bhikkhu Bodhi.
- What the Buddha Taught. Rahula, Walpola.
- Taking the Path of Zen. Aitken, Robert
- Everyday Zen: Love & Work. Beck, Charlotte Joko
- Start Where You Are. Chödrön, Pema
- The Three Pillars of Zen: Teaching, Practice, and Enlightenment. Kapleau, Roshi Philip, ed.
- Path of Enlightenment: Stages in a Spiritual Journey. Loori, John Daido
- The Still Point: A Beginner's Guide to Zen Meditation
- Getting the Buddha Mind. Edited by Ernest Heau. Master Sheng-yen
- Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind. Suzuki, Shunryu
- Buddha. Armstrong, Karen.
- How the Swans Came to the Lake: A Narrative History of Buddhism in America. Fields, Rick
- Essential Buddhism: A Complete Guide to Beliefs and Practices. Maguire, Jack.
- Historical Buddha. H.W. Schumann.
- First Buddhist Women. Susan Murcott.
- Mountain Record of Zen Talks. Mt. Tremper, N.Y.: Dharma Communications, 1988. Loori, John Daido.
- The Platform Sutra of the Sixth Patriarch: The text of the TunHuang Manuscript. Yampolsky, Philip B., trans.