These days, there are many good books on Buddhism, ranging from brief introductions and translations of the classics, to scholarly historical studies on a huge number of subjects. Many good books are recommended here, a quite extensive course of study is recommended here, and similar lists can be found many other places. The following is a brief list of some personal favorites.

Contemporary teachers:

  • Shunryu Suzuki. Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind. The other collections of Suzuki Roshi's talks are also highly recommended.
  • Charlotte Joko Beck. Everyday Zen: Love and Work.
  • Ajahn Chah. Food for the Heart.
  • Chögyam Trungpa. Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism.
  • Taizan Maezumi and Bernie Glassman. On Zen Practice: Body, Breath and Mind.
  • Zenkei Blanche Hartman. Seeds for a Boundless Life.
  • Anything by Robert Aitken.

Translations from the classics:

  • Dogen. Shobogenzo Zuimonki. (Translations are available by Shohaku Okumura and by Reiho Masunaga (as A Primer of Soto Zen).
  • Arthur Braverman. Mud and Water: The Teachings of Zen Master Bassui.
  • J.C. Cleary. Swampland Flowers: The Letters and Lectures of Zen Master Ta Hui.
  • Bhikkhu Bodhi. In the Buddha's Words: An Anthology of Discourses from the Pali Canon.

Of course, while study can be very valuable, it cannot take the place of practice. Please continue to practice well.