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Reading List

The following books are part of the Toronto Zen Centre reading list. If you click on the links below and purchase the books directly, the Toronto Zen Centre will receive a small donation for each purchase you make.

The Three Pillars of Zen, by Roshi Philip Kapleau
One of the most important 20th century works of Zen Buddhism’s transition to the West. Together with Merging of East and West, an excellent introduction to Zen as practiced at the Toronto Zen Centre.

To Cherish All Life, by Roshi Philip Kapleau
A Buddhist case for vegetarianism and the humane treatment of animals.

The Zen of Living and Dying, by Roshi Philip Kapleau
A Zen Buddhist approach to death, peace and meaning in life.

Peace Pilgrim, by Peace Pilgrim.
The inspirational writings of a woman who preached peace and non attachment.

Lotus in the Fire: The Healing Power of Zen, by Jim Bedard.
Toronto Zen Centre Sangha member Jim Bedard recounts his battle with cancer and his reliance on Zen practice to lend meaning and strength.

Zen Teaching, Zen Practice, edited by Kenneth Kraft.
Essays by Dharma Heirs and others about Roshi Kapleau and his influence.

Zen Tradition and Transition, by Kenneth Kraft.
A source book on Zen practice and teachers.

Razor Wire Dharma: A Buddhist Life in Prison, by Calvin Malone.
Inspiring, gritty, humorous and true stories of a man who found a life of compassion while serving a more than twenty-year prison sentence in the U.S.

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