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The following is a list of books related to Buddhism:


Introductions and general texts

  • Bechert, H., & Gombrich, R. (Eds.). (1991). The world of Buddhism. London: Thames & Hudson. ISBN 0-500-27628-5
  • Gethin, R. (1998). The foundations of Buddhism. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-289223-1
  • Harvey, P. (1990). An introduction to Buddhism: Teachings, history and practices. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0-521-31333-3
  • Sangharakshita (2001). A Survey of Buddhism (ninth edition). Windhorse Publications. ISBN 0-904766-93-4
  • Williams, P., & Tribe, A. (2000). Buddhist thought: A complete introduction to the Indian tradition. London: Routledge. ISBN 0-415-20701-0

Nikaya Buddhism

  • Histories
    • Early Indian Buddhism
      • Warder, A. K. (2000). Indian Buddhism. Motilal Banarsidass. ISBN 81-208-1741-9

Mahayana Buddhism (General)

  • Primary texts
    • Santideva (2002), The Bodhicaryavatara (trans. Kate Crosby and Andrew Skilton), Windhorse Publications. ISBN 1-899579-49-4
    • Prajñāparamitā literature
      • Conze, Edward. Buddhist Wisdom : The Diamond Sutra and The Heart Sutra. ISBN 0-375-72600-4
    • The Surangama Sutra" Buddhist Text Translation Society, ISBN 978-0-88139-962-2, 2009.
    • Avatamsaka Sutra" Buddhist Text Translation Society.
    • Early East Asian Buddhism
  • Secondary texts
    • Williams, P. (1989). Mahayana Buddhism: The doctrinal foundations. London: Routledge. ISBN 0-415-02537-0



  • Primary Texts
    • Rinzai and Soto
      • Watson, Burton, tr. (1999). The Zen Teachings of Master Lin-Chi. Columbia University Press. ISBN 0-231-11485-0
      • Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind (Shambhala Library) by: Shunryu Suzuki- Amazon Price: $12.89 (as of 03/10/2010)
      • Waddell and Abe, trs. (2002) The Heart of Dogen's Shobogenzo. State Univ of New York Press. ISBN 0-7914-5242-5
  • Western writings on Zen
    • Merton, Thomas. Mystics and Zen Masters.
    • Janwillem van de Wetering
      • (1971) The Empty Mirror: Experiences in a Japanese Zen Monastery. St. Martin's Press. ISBN 0-312-20774-3
      • (1975) A glimpse of nothingness: Experiences in an American Zen Community. St. Martin's Press. ISBN 0-312-20945-2
      • (1999) Afterzen: Experiences of a Zen Student Out on His Ear, St. Martin's Press. ISBN 0-312-27261-8
    • Adam Genkaku Fisher

Children's Books

    • Janwillem van de Wetering. (1978) Little Owl: An Eightfold Buddhist Admonition. Houghton Mifflin. ISBN 0-395-26456-1
    • Peaceful Piggy Meditation, (2-8 yrs) by Kerry Lee Maclean
    • The Monkey and the Crocodile, (2-8yrs) by Paul Galdone
    • The Rumor: A Jataka Tale, (2-8 yrs) by Jan Thornhill (illustrator)
    • The Mountains of Tibet, (4-10 yrs) by Mordecai Gerstein
    • Prince Siddhartha: Story..., (7-12 yrs) by Jonathan Landaw
    • A Pebble for Your Pocket, (7-12yrs) by Thich Nhat Hanh
    • Kindness: A Treasury..., (9-12 yrs) by Sarah Conover and Valerie Wahl
    • "Under the Bodhi Tree" - Buddhist Text Translation Society, ISBN 0-88139-319-3


  • Books that mention Buddhism or Buddhist thinkers
    • Michael H. Hart, The 100, Carol Publishing Group, July 1992, paperback, 576 pages, ISBN 0-8065-1350-0
    • " Revival of Buddhism in India and Role of Dr.B.R.Ambedkar" by Bhagwan Das and published by Dalit Today Prakashan, 18/455, Indira Nagar,Lucknow(U.P.) India.
    • "Mirror Mind" - Written by a Singapore autistic, ISBN 981-05-4778-1
  • Buddhist themed DVDs
    • Little Buddha; English, 1994
    • Seven Years in Tibet; English, 1997
    • Kundun; English, 1997
    • Asoka; Subtitles, 2001
    • Life of Buddha; English, 2001
    • Travelers and Magicians; Subtitles, 2003

Buddhist publishers

Several publishers specialize in books on Buddhism



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