Resources for beginners

Ultimately, the very best introduction to our practice is to come to an introduction at the dojo – then you will know if ours is the practice for you.  However, some people may want to read before or after that introduction so here are a few books and other resources you may find interesting or useful:

Recommended Reading - First steps

  • Zen Questions: Zazen, Dogen, and the Spirit of Creative Inquiry – Taigen Dan Leighton
  • What Is Zen?: Plain Talk for a Beginner’s Mind – Norman Fischer, Susan Moon, et al.
  • Zen Mind Beginners Mind – Shunryu Suzuki

Introductions to Buddhism


  • Buddhism plain and simple. by: Steve Hagen  – PDF online
  • What the Buddha Taught – Walpola Rahula – PDF online

Going further

Shikantaza and Zazen  – Some video resources:

Teishos by Hōsei Lana Berrington