Oakville Zen Meditation


Here is a very short list of suggested readings. You do not need more.

1-On Buddhism: Buddhism for dummies. Excellent book indeed.

2- On Zen & Zen philosophy / practice:

  • What is Zen? by Zen Master Alan Watts.
  • From Zen Master Tchich Nhat Hanh,  excellent author and great Zen Master
  1. Peace in every step: The path of the mind
  2. You are here: the magic of the present moment
  • From Zen Master Charlotte Joko Beck:
  1. Everyday Zen
  2. Nothing special: Living Zen
  • FromZen Master Seng Sahn:   Only don’t know mind
  • Zen by Osho
  • + Many books from the Dalai lama; philosophy of Life practice at its best.

 3- On Zen meditation:

  1. Zen Meditation in plain English:  John Daishin Buksbazen
  2. Zen meditation: plain & simple: Albert Low

4- On Mindfulness:

  • Mindfulness in plain English by Vene. Henepola Gunaratana
  • Breath by breath by  Larry Rosenberg . Ed Shambhala 1999
  • Clinical handbook to mindfulness by Fabrizio Didonna.

5- How meditation works: medical review:


A short but excellent review. But we still don’t know how exactly how meditation works.

6-  Web sites:

They are many and most of them pretty bad if not dangerous.

  • My #1 choice: www.zenguide.com  . I knew very well the founder Zen Master Chon TRI who passed  away few years ago.The site is now run by his sons.
  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meditation.  Excellent and comprehensive review of history of meditation, world wide practice and beneficial effects.  More than 200 references/ bio

7- Youtube:

  • 4 min. intro to Zen

A wonderful description of Zen philosophy, a must listen many times.

There are many others references. Please contact me.