Reading List

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This list is in no particular order. It is recommended that you read the books with asterisks first before moving on to other books. It is also advisable to select books from each of the various categories rather than selecting only from one. Enjoy!

  • *The Conference of the Birds by Farid al-Din Attar


  • *The Fourth Way by P.D. Ouspensky
  • The Gurdjieff Work by Kathleen Riordan Speeth
  • Meetings with Remarkable Men by G. I. Gurdjieff
  • Life is Real Only then, When I am by G. I. Gurdjieff
  • *In Search of the Miraculous by P.D. Ouspensky
  • Diamond Heart, Book One: Elements of the Real Man by A.H. Almaas
  • Diamond Heart, Book Two: The Freedom to Be by A.H. Almaas
  • Beelzebubs Tales to his Grandson, by G.I. Gurdjieff
  • Psychological Commentaries on the Teaching of Gurdjieff and Ouspensky, by Maurice Nicholl
  • Gurdjieff: The Seeker of Truth- Kathleen Riordan Speeth


  • The Book of Living and Dying by Sogyal Rinpoche
  • The Flight of the Garuda, Second Edition: The Dzogchen Tradition of Tibetan Buddhism by Keith Dowman
  • *Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche


  • *Wonderland: The Zen of Alice by Daniel Doen Silberberg
  • *The Three Pillars of Zen by Phillip Kapleau Roshi
  • Appreciate Your Life: The Essence of Zen Practice by Taizan Maezumi Roshi
  • Cultivating the Empty Field: The Silent Illumination of Zen Master Hongzhi by Taigen Leighton with Ti Wu, trans.
  • Instructions to the Cook by Bernie Glassman
  • The Art of Just Sitting by John Daido Loori
  • Sitting with Koans by John Daido Loori
  • The Gateless Barrier: Zen Comments on the Mumonkan by Zenkei Shibayama
  • The Blue Cliff Record by Thomas Cleary and J.C. Cleary
  • Zen and Japanese Culture- D.T. Suzuki
  • *The Roaring Stream: A New Zen Reader by Nelson Foster and Jack Shoemaker
  • The Empty Mirror: Experiences in a Japanese Zen Monastery by Janwillem van de Wetering
  • The Mind of Clover: Essays in Zen Buddhist Ethics by Robert Aitken
  • Moon in a Dewdrop: Writings of Zen Master Dogen by Kazuaki Tanahashi
  • Mountain Record of Zen Talks by John Daido Loori
  • The Path of the Human Being: Zen Teachings on the Bodhisattva Way by Dennis Genpo Merzel and Bernie Glassman
  • How to Cook Your Life: From The Zen Kitchen to Enlightenment by Eihei Dogen and Kosho Uchiyama Roshi


  • The Diamond Sutra and the Sutra of Hui-neng by A.F. Price and Wong Mou-lam
  • The Heart Sutra by Red Pine


    The entire Carlos Castaneda series in order:
  • *The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge
  • A Separate Reality
  • Journey to Ixtlan
  • Tales of Power
  • The Second Ring of Power
  • The Eagle’s Gift
  • The Fire From Within
  • The Power of Silence
  • The Wheel of Time (a collection of clips from prior books)


  • *The Wisdom of the Enneagram by Don Riso and Russ Hudson
  • The Enneagram Made Easy by Renee Barron and Elizabeth Wagele


  • The Zen of Creativity: Cultivating Your Artistic Life by John Daido Loori
  • Holding the Center by Richard Strozzi Heckler
  • Mastery by George Leonard
  • *The Art of Learning: An Inner Journey To Optimal Performance by Josh Waitzkin


  • Mountains and Rivers Without End by Gary Snyder
  • Basho: The Complete Haiku by Matsuo Basho, Shiro Tsujimura, and Jane Reichhold
  • One Robe, One Bowl: The Zen Poetry of Ryokan by Ryokan and John Stevens


  • *Self-Reliance and other Essays, by Emerson
  • Do You!: 12 Laws to Access the Power in You To Achieve Happiness and Success by Russell Simmons and Chris Morrow
  • How Life Imitates Chess: Making the Right Moves From the Board to the Boardroom by Garry Kasparov


  • Into Great Silence (The Carthusian Order)
  • Maezumi Roshi on Life and Death by Dharma Communications at Zen Mountain Monastery
  • Now I Know You: A Tribute to Maezumi Roshi by Dharma Communications at Zen Mountain Monasteryy

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