List Of Books Related To Buddhism

On The Path To EnlightenmentUnlike Christianity or Islam, Buddhism does not have one central text that sums up the religion’s basic tenets. What people call “Buddhism” today is really a collection of different philosophies and schools of thought, ranging from Zen to Mahayana to Theravada.

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
    • Prajñāparamitā literature
      • Conze, Edward. Buddhist Wisdom : The Diamond Sutra and The Heart Sutra. ISBN 0375726004
    • Early East Asian Buddhism
      • . Muller, A. Charles. The Sutra of Perfect Enlightenment: Korean Buddhism’s Guide to Meditation. Albany: SUNY Press, 1999.
  • 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
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