Buddhist Reading Material

These are primary Buddhist documents from Buddhist teachers of the past who taught in the Zen and Mahayana lineages as well as teachings by current Zen teachers.

The Four Noble Truths & The Eightfold Noble Path

Karaniya Metta Sutta: The Buddha’s Words on Loving-Kindness

Zazengi: Rules for Zazen by Eihei Dogen

Heart of Great Perfect Wisdom Sutra

The Maha Prajnaparamita Hridaya Sutra

Bodhisattva Vow

Genjokoan: Actualizing the Fundamental Point

Sandōkai: Harmonious Song of Difference and Sameness

Guidepost of Silent Illumination

Hsin Hsin Ming: On Trust in the Heart

Song of Realizing The Way

Song of the Precious Mirror Samadhi

Diamond Sutra

Lankavatara Sutra

The Platform Sutra of Hui-Neng

The next two articles are by Taigen Dan Leighton, who is an author, scholar, and translator, as well as a fully authorized teacher in Shunryu Suzuki Roshi’s Soto Zen lineage and a Dharma heir of Tenshin Reb Anderson. He still teaches online through the Institute of Buddhist Studies of the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley. He brings an interesting perspective to our sitting practice.

Hongzhi, Dogen and the Background of Shikantaza by Taigen Dan Leighton

Zazen as Enactment Ritual by Taigen Dan Leighton