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Only Don't Know
Selected Teaching Letters of Zen Master Seung Sahn
Written by Seung Sahn


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Shambhala
On Sale: April 6, 1999
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-57062-432-2 (1-57062-432-1)

In this selection from his correspondance--his primary method of teaching--Zen Master Seung Sahn not only answers questions on Zen teaching and practice, but applies an enlightened approach to problems with work, relationships, and suffering, and the teacher student relationship. Read more >

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A Heart as Wide as the World

Written by Sharon Salzberg


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Shambhala
On Sale: March 30, 1999
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-57062-428-5 (1-57062-428-3)

The Buddhist teachings have the power to transform our lives for the better, says Sharon Salzberg, and all we need to bring about this transformation can be found in the ordinary events of our everyday experiences.  Salzberg distills more than twenty-five years of teaching and practicing meditation into a series of short... Read more >

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Everything Is the Way
Ordinary Mind Zen
Written by Elihu Genmyo Smith


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Shambhala
On Sale: June 12, 2012
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-1-59030-972-8 (1-59030-972-3)

These days, when Zen has become a kind of shorthand for anything that’s enigmatic or aesthetically spare, it’s refreshing be reminded that Zen is at heart a practice for waking up from the dream we inhabit—in order to free ourselves from the suffering the dream imposes on us. Elihu Genmyo Smith’s... Read more >

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The Unfettered Mind
Writings from a Zen Master to a Master Swordsman
Written by Takuan Soho
Translated by William Scott Wilson


Format: Trade Paperback, 144 pages
Publisher: Shambhala
On Sale: June 12, 2012
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-59030-986-5 (1-59030-986-3)

This classic samurai-era text fused Japanese swordsmanship with Zen and influenced the direction that the art has taken ever since. Written by the seventeenth-century Zen master Takuan Soho (1573—1645), The Unfettered Mind is a book of advice on swordsmanship and the cultivation of right mind and intention. It was written as... Read more >

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The Life of Longchenpa
The Omniscient Dharma King of the Vast Expanse
Edited by Jampa Mackenzie Stewart


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Snow Lion
On Sale: February 4, 2014
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-55939-418-5 (1-55939-418-8)

The first complete English-language life story of Longchenpa (1308-1364), one of the greatest masters in the history of Tibetan Buddhism.

Compiled from numerous Tibetan and Bhutanese sources, including Longchenpa’s autobiography and stories of his previous lives and subsequent rebirths, The Life of Longchenpa is set in the kingdoms of fourteenth-century Tibet and... Read more >

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Turning the Wheel of Truth
Commentary on the Buddha's First Teaching
Written by Ajahn Sucitto


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Shambhala
On Sale: April 27, 2010
Price: $22.95
ISBN: 978-1-59030-764-9 (1-59030-764-X)

Immediately after his enlightenment, the Buddha gave a talk that contained within it the foundation for all further Buddhist teachings. The text of this remarkable discourse is presented here and is brilliantly illuminated by a respected, contemporary teacher of the Theravada tradition. This discourse by the Buddha, called “The Sutta That... Read more >

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The Art of War

Written by Sun Tzu
Translated by Thomas Cleary


Format: Trade Paperback
Publisher: Shambhala
On Sale: October 26, 1988
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978-0-87773-452-9 (0-87773-452-6)

Compiled over two-thousand years ago by a mysterious warrior-philosopher, The Art of War is still perhaps the most prestigious and influential book of strategy in the world today, as eagerly studied in Asia by modern politicians and executives as it has been by military leaders since ancient times. The book applies... Read more >

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The Art of War
Translation, Essays, and Commentary by the Denma Translation Group
Written by Sun Tzu
Translated by Denma Translation Group


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Shambhala
On Sale: June 9, 2009
Price: $11.95
ISBN: 978-1-59030-728-1 (1-59030-728-3)

A new edition of one of the best-selling translations of the Chinese classic, with extensive commentary and in-depth essays explaining how to apply the wisdom of nonaggression to conflicts in everyday life.

At the core of this ancient strategy manual is the understanding that conflict is an inescapable part of human life... Read more >

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The Art of War

Written by Sun Tzu


Format: Trade Paperback, 96 pages
Publisher: Delta
On Sale: November 1, 1989
Price: $13.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-29985-5 (0-385-29985-0)

A seminal work on the philosophy of successful leadership that is as applicable to contemporary business as it is to war. James Clavell has taken a 1910 translation and clarified it for the contemporary reader. This contemporary version of the 1910 translation presents the now classic treatise written more than 2,500... Read more >

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Zen Buddhism

Written by Daisetz T. Suzuki and William Barrett


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Harmony
On Sale: July 1, 1996
Price: $15.99
ISBN: 978-0-385-48349-0 (0-385-48349-X)

D.T. Suzuki stands apart from all other teachers before or since because of his exceptional eloquence in capturing the seemingly inexpressible essence of Zen. Zen Buddhism is a collection of Suzuki's penetrating and timeless essays concerning Zen. Offering the very soul of Zen, Suzuki describes the experiential aspect of Zen while... Read more >

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Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind

Written by Shunryu Suzuki
Afterword by David Chadwick


Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Shambhala
On Sale: June 28, 2011
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-59030-849-3 (1-59030-849-2)

In the forty years since its original publication, Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind has become one of the great modern Zen classics, much beloved, much reread, and much recommended as the best first book to read on Zen. Suzuki Roshi presents the basics–from the details of posture and breathing in zazen to... Read more >
Also available as a hardcover and a hardcover.

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Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind

Written by Shunryu Suzuki
Afterword by David Chadwick


Format: Hardcover, 144 pages
Publisher: Shambhala
On Sale: November 9, 2010
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-59030-850-9 (1-59030-850-6)

“In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s there are few.”

So begins this most beloved of all American Zen books. Seldom has such a small handful of words provided a teaching as rich as has this famous opening line. In a single stroke, the simple sentence... Read more >
Also available as a hardcover and a trade paperback.

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Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind

Written by Shunryu Suzuki


Format: Hardcover, 192 pages
Publisher: Shambhala
On Sale: October 10, 2006
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-59030-267-5 (1-59030-267-2)

"In the beginner's mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert's there are few." So begins this most beloved of all American Zen books. Seldom has such a small handful of words provided a teaching as rich as has this famous opening line of Shunryu Suzuki's classic. In a single... Read more >
Also available as a hardcover and a trade paperback.

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The Essential Dogen
Writings of the Great Zen Master
Edited by Kazuaki Tanahashi and Peter Levitt


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Shambhala
On Sale: April 30, 2013
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-1-61180-041-8 (1-61180-041-2)

Eihei Dogen (1200—1253), founder of the Soto School of Zen Buddhism, is one of the greatest religious, philosophical, and literary geniuses of Japan. His writings have been studied by Zen students for centuries, particularly his masterwork, Shobo Genzo or Treasury of the True Dharma Eye. This is the first book to... Read more >

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Incarnation
The History and Mysticism of the Tulku Tradition of Tibet
Written by Tulku Thondup


Format: Trade Paperback, 128 pages
Publisher: Shambhala
On Sale: August 9, 2011
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-59030-839-4 (1-59030-839-5)

The author of The Healing Power of Mind presents a historical overview and detailed explanation of the phenomenon of incarnate enlightened beings, known as tulkus in Tibetan. A tulku, out of kindness for beings, is born again and again as a teacher who dedicates his or her life to serving others... Read more >

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An Ocean of the Ultimate Meaning
Teachings on Mahamudra
Written by Khenchen Thrangu


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Shambhala
On Sale: February 10, 2004
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-59030-055-8 (1-59030-055-6)

In An Ocean of the Ultimate Meaning, Khenchen Thrangu provides an exhaustive commentary on the longest and most comprehensive of the three classic treatises on Mahamudra composed by the sixteenth-century scholar Wangchuk Dorje, the Ninth Karmapa.

Khenchen Thrangu’s teachings encompass the entire path of Mahamudra, including the preliminaries, the main practice, removing... Read more >

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On Buddha Essence
A Commentary on Ranjung Dorje's Treatise
Written by Khenchen Thrangu


Format: Trade Paperback, 200 pages
Publisher: Shambhala
On Sale: July 11, 2006
Price: $29.95
ISBN: 978-1-59030-276-7 (1-59030-276-1)

According to Tibetan Buddhist tradition, human beings' true nature, or buddha essence, is the foundation from which all wisdom develops. In order to discover our buddha essence, the meditator needs to know how to meditate correctly and must properly understand the reasons for practicing meditation. We also need training in how... Read more >

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Tibetan Book of the Dead

Written by Robert Thurman


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: December 1, 1993
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-37090-4 (0-553-37090-1)

The so-called Tibetan Book of the Dead has been renowned for centuries as a classic of Buddhist wisdom and religious thought. More recently, it has become highly influential in the Western world for its psychological insights into the processes of death and dying. Composed in the eighth century C.E., it is... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Path Is the Goal
A Basic Handbook of Buddhist Meditation
Written by Chogyam Trungpa


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Shambhala
On Sale: June 7, 2011
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-59030-910-0 (1-59030-910-3)

The teachings given here on basic meditation—shamatha and vipashyana, mindfulness and awareness—provide the foundation that every practitioner needs to awaken as the Buddha did. According to the Buddha, no one can attain basic sanity or enlightenment without practicing meditation. It is the only way to begin the spiritual path. In fact... Read more >

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Tao Te Ching
Updated with Over 100 Photographs by Jane English
Written by Lao Tsu
Translated by Gia-Fu Feng, Jane English and Toinette Lippe
Introduction by Jacob Needleman


Format: Trade Paperback, 184 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 1, 2011
Price: $22.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-94930-1 (0-307-94930-3)

"No one has done better in conveying Lao Tsu's simple and laconic style of writing, so as to produce an English version almost as suggestive of the many meanings intended. This is a most useful, as well as beautiful, volume—and what it has to say is exactly what the world, in... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Tao Te Ching
Text Only Edition
Written by Lao Tsu
Translated by Gia-Fu Feng, Jane English and Toinette Lippe
Introduction by Jacob Needleman


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 28, 1989
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-72434-6 (0-679-72434-6)

Available for the first time in a handy, easy-to-use size, here is the most accessible and authoritative modern English translation of the ancient Chinese classic. This new Vintage edition includes an introduction and notes by the well-known writer and scholar of philosophy and comparative religion, Jacob Needleman. Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Tao Te Ching
A New Translation
Written by Lao Tzu
Translated by William Scott Wilson


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Shambhala
On Sale: July 30, 2013
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-61180-077-7 (1-61180-077-3)

The classic Taoist text freshly translated using the original Chinese script from Lao Tzu’s time, and beautifully illustrated with seventeenth-century artwork.

Renowned translator William Scott Wilson has rendered Lao Tzu’s classic in the most authentic way possible, using both the ancient text and the even older Great Seal script used during... Read more >
Also available as a hardcover, paperback and a trade paperback.

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Shin Buddhism
Bits of Rubble Turn into Gold
Written by Taitetsu Unno


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Image
On Sale: September 17, 2002
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-50469-0 (0-385-50469-1)

Interest in Buddhism continues to grow throughout North America, and more and more practitioners are moving beyond the familiar Zen and Tibetan traditions to examine other types of Buddhism. In Shin Buddhism, Taitetsu Unno explains the philosophy and practices of "Pure Land" Buddhism, which dates back to the sixth century C.E.... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Analects of Confucius

Written by Arthur Waley


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 28, 1989
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-72296-0 (0-679-72296-3)

The Analects of Confucius is one of the central books of Chinese literature and thought; memorized and studied for many centuries, it is one of the most influential books in world history. Waley brings to this translation his great gifts as a scholar and writer, and has produced what is without... Read more >

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Dreaming Yourself Awake
Lucid Dreaming and Tibetan Dream Yoga for Insight and Transformation
Written by B. Alan Wallace and Brian Hodel


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Shambhala
On Sale: May 29, 2012
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-1-59030-957-5 (1-59030-957-X)

Some of the greatest of life’s adventures can happen while you’re sound asleep. That’s the promise of lucid dreaming, which is the ability to alter your own dream reality any way you like simply by being aware of the fact that you’re dreaming while you’re in the midst of a dream... Read more >
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