Books

Books by Charlotte Joko Beck

The following books are recommended especially if you are coming for the first time to the Monthly Meditations.

Everyday Zen – Charlotte Joko Beck

Nothing Special: Living Zen – Charlotte Joko Beck


Books by other Ordinary Mind Zen Teachers

Ordinary Mind: Exploring the Common Ground of Zen & Psychotherapy – Barry Magid

Ending the Pursuit of Happiness: A Zen Guide – Barry Magid

Being Zen: Bringing Meditation to Life – Ezra Bayda

At Home in the Muddy Water: A Guide to Finding Peace within Everyday Chaos – Ezra Bayda

Waking Up to What You Do: A Zen Practice for meeting every Situation with Intelligence and Compassion – Diane Eshin Rizetto

Every Way is the Ordinary Way: Ordinary Mind Zen – Elihu Genmyo Smith


Books on Zen

Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind – Shunryu Suzuki

The Miracle of Mindfulness: A Manual on Meditation – Thich Nhat Hanh

Upside-Down Zen: A Direct Path into Reality – Susan Murphy

The Three Pillars of Zen: Teaching, Practice and Enlightenment – Philip Kapleau


Books on Buddhism

The Heart of the Buddha’s Teaching: Transforming Suffering into Peace, Joy and Liberation – Thich Nhat Hanh

Teachings of the Buddha – Jack Kornfield

Confession of a Buddhist Atheist – Stephen Batchelor


Books Recommended by Students

Zen Speaks: Shouts of Nothingness – Tsai Chih Chung 
The book is one of my favorites. Short stories that always provide insights into Zen and mediation. Within a couple of drawings we have a glimpse of wisdom, a brief overview of Zen. It is one of the few books I read and re-read again and again.   -Adrien

Reconnecting to the Earth-  Aaron Hoopes
A wake up call for anyone who is feeling that there is something not quite right with our world. Our all-consuming industrial civilization has led us down a destructive path that has compromised our soil, food, water, and atmosphere. While it seems our modern society does not need or want to connect to the natural world, there is a deep fundamental sustenance that comes from being nourished and inspired by nature. – Diane