- “The Dhammapada”
This concise summary of the Buddha’s teachings is a collection of 423 verses and is one of the earliest to be put into writing. Although many translations are available, a favorite is edited by Anne Bancroft (1997) as part of the Element Classics of World Spirituality series. Her translation, while remaining faithful to the original Pali language, excels at being one of the more readable editions. Additionally, there is an informative Introduction about the Buddha and his life as well as some basic doctrines which the person new to Buddhism will find useful.Though not nearly as readable as the previous edition, The Dhammapada edited by Eknath Easwaran (1985) contains a wealth of information in its general Introduction as well as in the introductions to specific chapters.
“A Brief on Buddhism” – Dr. Kenneth Jongmae Park; Manohar Publishers
- “What the Buddha Taught” – Walpola Rahula; Grove Press
- “The Heart of the Buddha’s Teaching” – Thich Nhat Hanh; Broadway Books
- “Buddhism without Beliefs”– Stephen Batchelor; Riverhead Books
- “Way of Zen” – Martine Batchelor; Thorsons
- “Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind” – Shunryu Suzuki; Weatherhill
While these are excellent starting resources to learn about Buddhism and its teachings, we encourage all interested to come and sit with us. It is beneficial to read about someone else’s experience, but an even more powerful event to have your own experience!