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Books of Zen and Religion

Each book is one that I found interesting. I own these so they are the only ones included here; I am sure there are many more worthy of interest. A few of these books have been published several times and re-copyrighted (all the copies I have are in paperback); the year shown below is the initial date of publication, not the latest.

There is a web site about Alan Watts: Alan Watts, including several writings. Here is his wiki entry.

Some time ago, a reader of my web site pointed out that an article published by Alan Watts in 1973 was available on the web. However, a few months later the link was no longer valid. Here is a copy of that 1973 article that was given to me: The World's Most Dangerous Book.

There are also political history books that are religion related and so they could be in this list. Since those books are about both political history and religion (for example, The Reformation) they are listed on my page of political books.

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Year

Title

Author

Description or Subtitle

1940

The Meaning of Happiness

Alan W. Watts

The quest for freedom of the spirit in modern psychology and the wisdom of the East (book)

1949

The Supreme Identity

Alan W. Watts

An essay on oriental metaphysic and the Christian religion (book)

1956

Zen Buddhism

William Barrett

Selected writings of D. T. Suzuki, Zen's chief exponent in English (book)

1958

The Spirit of Zen

Allan W. Watts

a way of life, work and art in the far east (book)

1958

Nature, Man and Woman

Allan W. Watts

A reflection upon a great human problem in light of the Chinese view of nature. The problem of man's relation to nature raises the problem of man's relation to woman. (book)

1966

The Book: On the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are

Alan W. Watts

perhaps the most famous of all Watts' works, pursuing an answer to the question who am I? (book)

1968

Does It Matter?

Alan W. Watts

Essays on Man's Relation to Materiality (book)

1975

Tao the Watercourse Way

Alan W. Watts

a discussion of Taoism and the Chinese language (book)

1975

The Tao of Physics

Fritjof Capra

a pioneering work that reconciles eastern philosophy and western science in a brilliant humanistic vision of the universe (book)

1996

Everyday Tao

Deng Ming-Dao

subtitle: living with balance and harmony (book)

1999

Only Don’t Know

Seung Sahn

Selected teaching letters of Zen Master Seung Sahn (book)

2006

Wanting Enlightenment is a Big Mistake

Hyon Gak

Subtitle: Teachings of Zen Master Seung Sahn (book)