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The following is a list of books related to Buddhism:


Introductions and general texts

  • Bechert, H., & Gombrich, R. (Eds.). (1991). The world of Buddhism. London: Thames & Hudson. ISBN 0500276285
  • Gethin, R. (1998). The foundations of Buddhism. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 0192892231
  • Harvey, P. (1990). An introduction to Buddhism: Teachings, history and practices. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0521313333
  • Sangharakshita (2001). A Survey of Buddhism (ninth edition). Windhorse Publications. ISBN 0904766934
  • Williams, P., & Tribe, A. (2000). Buddhist thought: A complete introduction to the Indian tradition. London: Routledge. ISBN 0415207010

Nikaya Buddhism

  • Histories
    • Early Indian Buddhism
      • Warder, A. K. (2000). Indian Buddhism. Motilal Banarsidass. ISBN 8120817419

Mahayana Buddhism (General)

  • Primary texts
    • Santideva (2002), The Bodhicaryavatara (trans. Kate Crosby and Andrew Skilton), Windhorse Publications. ISBN 1899579494
    • Praj├▒āparamitā literature
      • Conze, Edward. Buddhist Wisdom : The Diamond Sutra and The Heart Sutra. ISBN 0375726004
    • Early East Asian Buddhism
  • Secondary texts
    • Williams, P. (1989). Mahayana Buddhism:

      The doctrinal foundations
      . London: Routledge. ISBN 0415025370


  • See Translations of Nagarjuna


  • Primary Texts
    • Rinzai
      • Watson, Burton, tr. (1999). The Zen Teachings of Master Lin-Chi. Columbia University Press. ISBN 0231114850
    • Soto
      • Waddell and Abe, trs. (2002) The Heart of Dogen's Shobogenzo. State Univ of New York Press. ISBN 0791452425
  • Histories
    • Dumoulin, Heinrich. A History of Zen Buddhism.
  • Western writings on Zen
    • Merton, Thomas. Mystics and Zen Masters.
    • Janwillem van de Wetering
      • (1971) The Empty Mirror: Experiences in a Japanese Zen Monastery. St. Martin's Press. ISBN 0312207743
      • (1975) A glimpse of nothingness: Experiences in an American Zen Community. St. Martin's Press. ISBN 0312209452
      • (1999) Afterzen: Experiences of a Zen Student Out on His Ear, St. Martin's Press. ISBN 0312272618

Children's Books

    • Janwillem van de Wetering. (1978) Little Owl: An Eightfold Buddhist Admonition. Houghton Mifflin. ISBN 0395264561


  • Books that mention Buddhism or Buddhist thinkers
    • Michael H. Hart, The 100, Carol Publishing Group, July 1992, paperback, 576 pages, ISBN 0806513500

Buddhist publishers

Several publishers specialise in books on Buddhism

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