Old Path White Clouds - Walking in the Footsteps of the Buddha — by Thich Nhat Hanh
Beautiful classic recounting of the life and teachings of Gautama Buddha over the course of eighty years.
A Buddhist Bible — by Dwight Goddard
A collection of translations of a cross-section of Buddhist traditions - Theravada, Mahayana, Zen, Tibetan and other Buddhists schools of thought.
Sayings Of The Buddha - A selection of suttas from the Pali Nikāyas — translated by Rupert Gethin
This volume covers the full variety of texts - the central themes of the Buddha's teaching and the range of literary style.
The Buddha and His Teachings — edited by Samuel Bercholz
This anthology draws on traditional Indian, Chinese, Japanese, and Tibetan sources as well as teachings by contemporary Buddhist masters.
Dhammapada - Translation of Dharma Verses With the Tibetan Text — translated by Dharma Publishing
Words of the Buddha himself. Spiritual path to the supreme Truth. Here is the guide to the Nirvana, essence of enlightenment. This books is the most important document of the Buddhism.
The Lankavatara Sutra
The holy grail of Zen, it covers all the major teachings of Mahayana Buddhism. This is the only Zen sutra ever spoken by the Buddha.
The Platform Sutra - The Zen Teaching of Hui-Neng — translated by Red Pine
Autobiography of the controversial 6th Patriarch of Zen, and his understanding of the fundamentals of a spiritual and practical life.
The Diamond Sutra - Perfection of Wisdom — by Red Pine
This is the Buddhist teaching on the perfection of wisdom and cuts through all obstacles on the path of practice.
The Heart Sutra - The Womb of Buddhas — by Red Pine
A wise book of deep teaching destined to become the standard edition of this timeless statement of Mahayana.
Visuddhimagga - The Path of Purification - The Classic Manual of Buddhist Doctrine and Meditation by Buddhaghosa
One of Buddhism's foundational texts, a systematic examination and condensation of Buddhist doctrine and meditation technique.