With so much available to read, where to start? Where to continue? We’re selecting on an ongoing basis writings we feel communicate clearly and informatively. And often inspirationally. We hope these teachings help guide you on the path,

How to Read Buddhist Teachings

Judy Lief -- No matter where you begin, says Judy Lief, or whether you are an independent practitioner or affiliated with a particular tradition, all you have to do is to dive in.

The Working of Boundless Compassion

Taitetsu Unno

What is Dharma?

Reginald Ray -- Dharma is a fascinating term because it integrates several levels of experience, from our first moment on the path to the achievement of full realization.

Meditation: Why Bother?

Bhante Gunaratana

The Ocean of Boundless Compassion

Mark Unno -- Compassion as immersion into the sufferings of samsara, like a raindrop falling into the ocean.

The Cosmos Wakes Up

It was a 14-billion year journey from simple hydrogen to Mahatma Gandhi. David Loy asks: Is evolution the universe waking up to itself? David Loy

The Whole Way

Joan Sutherland

Bodhidharma Anthology


Calmness of Mind

Suzuki Roshi

Compassionate Contemplation

Master Sheng Yen

The Buddha’s Last Word: Care

Stephen Batchelor

The Three Universal Characteristics

Peter Della Santina

Zazen Is Not the Same as Meditation

Issho Fujita

Independent Origination

Peter Della Santina

A New Look at the Heart Sutra

Thich Nhat Hanh and Norman Fischer

The True Dragon

Shunryu Suzuki Roshi -- If you are carving your own dragonyou will never see the real one. That’s why true zazen requires giving up your personal style of practice.

The Origins of the Vajrayana Tradition

Peter Della Santina

Qualities of the Dhamma

Bhikku Bodhi

Becoming the Mountains and Rivers

John Daido Loori

Mahayana, Hinayana, and Theravada Compared

Ron Epstein

Living the Compassionate Life

The 14th Dalai Lama

Maezumi Roshi On Zen

Maezumi Roshi

Manjushri: Prince of Wisdom

Taigen Dan Leighton

Great Faith, Great Courage, Great Questioning

Martine Batchelor


From the Ashoka course The Story of Zen

The Five Precepts

Dr. Sunthorn Plamintr

Whirling Petals, Windblown Leaves

Renga, the ancient Japanese tradition of linked-verse poetry Andrew Shelling

Enter Zen From There

Gerry Shishin Wick

Buddhism with a Small "b"

Sulak Sivaraksa

The Teachings of Zen Master Bassui

Zen Master Bassui

Always Turn Toward, Never Turn Away

Rigdzin Shikpo

Food for the Heart

Ajahn Chah

The Attention Revolution

B. Alan Wallace

Being Thoroughly Familiar with the True Self

Sekkei Harada

You Are Already Enlightened -- an experiential look at the Chan practice of silent illumination

Guo Gu

Keep Me in Your Heart A While: The Haunting Zen of Dainin Katagiri

Dosho Mike Port


Master Hsin Yung


Taigen Dan Leighton

In This Very Life

Sayadaw U Pandita

Daughters of Emptiness

Poems of Chinese Buddhist Nuns

Listening Deeply for Peace

Thich Nhat Hanh

How Sad is Your Love?

Mu Soeng

What Is Your Body?

Norman Fischer

Adapt or Die

Now that Buddhism has come to the West, how are they changing each other? David Loy