recommended readings


Zen teacher Claude AnShin Thomas shares his experiences and insights into how Zen teachings and practice can move off the meditation cushion and into everything we do, transforming all aspects of our lives.

“Written with relentless courage and utter compassion, this account if violence and transformation is one of the most amazing and wonderful stories I’ve ever read.” - Michael Herr, Vietnam war correspondent, screenwriter, and author of Dispatches

recommended readings

Buddhism   Spirituality and Transformation   The Vietnam War   On Combat, War and Violence

Buddhism without Beliefs

by Stephen Batchelor


Turning the Wheel: Essays on Buddhism and Writing

by Charles Johnson


The Things They Carried: A Work of Fiction

by Tim O'Brien


Violence: Reflections on a National Epidemic

by James Gilligan


The Dhammapada

by Eknath Easwaran


The Cloud of Unknowing

by William Johnston, ed.


Achilles in Vietnam: Combat Trauma and the Undoing of Character

by Jonathan Shay


On Killing: The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in War and Society

by Dave Grossman


How the Swans Came to the Lake: A Narrative History of Buddhism in America

by Rick Fields


The Gnostic Gospels

by Elaine Pagels


A Bright Shining Lie: John Paul Vann and America in Vietnam

by Neil Sheehan


War is a Force That Gives Us Meaning

by Chris Hedges