The word Zen, or Zazen, means seated meditation. It is a path to acuity and self-discovery, usually practiced while sitting on a cushion. Zen means living from moment to moment, in the here and now. It’s believed that the practice of Zen is how Gautama got enlightened and became the Buddha.

Zen is not something you learn or a piece of knowledge you can flaunt, nor is it a religion. Zen is a practical experience for the mind. Thousands of creatives rely on this ancient practice to boost their creativity on a daily basis. Below we have curated 10 of the best books to get you started with Zen.

  1. Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind: Informal Talks on Zen Meditation and Practice
  2. The Miracle of Mindfulness: An Introduction to the Practice of Meditation
  3. A Guide to the Present Moment
  4. Laughing Buddha
  5. You Have to Say Something (My Personal Favorite)
  6. Buddhist Ethics
  7. Buddhism Plain and Simple
  8. The Myth of Freedom and the Way of Meditation
  9. Taking the Path of Zen
  10. The Bhagavad Gita (Or The Great Work of Your Life)

These are in no particular order and will all offer a superb insight into Zen Buddhism whilst leaving you eager to explore more. I have personally found some books on Zen to be difficult to read due to the complexity of the content. Maybe that’s just me, for those books I use Audible and listen to them instead.