FAQs - Recommended Resources

What are some recommended reading and other resources?

Recommended Reading​​:


​​​​​​The Three Pillars of Zen by Roshi Philip Kapleau

Zen: Merging of East and West by Roshi Philip Kapleau 
To Cherish All Life by Roshi Philip Kapleau
The Zen of Living and Dying by Roshi Philip Kapleau
Awakening to Zen by Roshi Philip Kapleau 
Straight to the Heart of Zen by Roshi Philip Kapleau 
What the Buddha Taught by Walpola Rahula
Buddhism: A Way of Life and Thought by Nancy Wilson Ross
Buddhism by Huston Smith and Philip Novak
Golden Age of Zen by John Wu
Zen Essence translated by Thomas Cleary
Dhammapada translated by Eknath Easwaran
The Practice of Perfection by Roshi Robert Aitken
Encouraging Words by Roshi Robert Aitken
Zen Bow published four times a year by the Rochester Zen Center.  Can be read on-line.  A complimentary paper subscription is offered to Louisville Zen Center members. 

Other Resources:

Podcasts.  Zen talks by Roshi Bodhin Kjolhede and other RZC members are available to be streamed or downloaded.
Streaming audio.  Practicing with live audio streaming of Rochester Zen Center formal sittings, chanting, and Zen talks feels like practicing with others and can be a real help to maintaining a regular home sitting schedule.
Videos.  Roshi Bodhin Kjolhede speaks about the basics of Buddhism, Zen, and practicing Zen in our lineage.

Endless Knot Cushions provides zazen mats, cushions, and customized sitting robes.  When ordering a robe, be sure to select the brown, Rochester Zen Center-style lay outer robe.