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A Buddhist Bible by Dwight Goddard (1st
This anthology has had a huge
influence on the spread of Buddhism in the English-speaking world. An
edited (but not watered-down) collection of key Zen documents, a
favorite of Jack Kerouac.
These are modern (early 20th century)
compilations of the Buddhist Canon by Paul Carus,
and are suitable for casual readers who want to get a sense of what
Buddhism is about:
Buddha, the Gospel
Buddha, the Word
Indian Fairy Tales by Joseph Jacobs 
This collection of Indian folklore,
retold for younger readers 'of all ages', includes many stories from
the Jataka, a Buddhist compilation of
by Ellen C. Babbit
This is another a collection of Jataka stories, fables about previous
incarnations of the Buddha, usually as an animal, retold for younger
are collections of files harvested from the Internet on these popular
Tibetan Buddhism: Archives
Zen Buddhism: Archives
Journal Articles about Buddhism
This is a
collection of academic journal articles about Buddhism from the 19th
Century, contributed thanks to Chris Weimer.
The Smokey the Bear Sutra by Gary Snyder.
This is a much beloved short poem about
the relationship between Buddhism and ecology, written by one of the
'beat' era poets, which is funny and profound at the same time.
The Dhammapada and
The Sutta Nipâta,
tr. by Max Müller; Sutta-Nipâta
tr. by V. Fausböll 
(Sacred Books of the East, vol. 10)
from Pâli by T.W.
Rhys Davids 
(Sacred Books of the East, Vol. 11)
Vinaya Texts (Part I)
from the Pâli by T.W.
Rhys Davids and Herman Oldenberg. 
and The Mahâvagga, I-IV.
(Sacred Books of the East, Vol. 13).
The Questions of King Milinda
T. W. Rhys Davids
Part I (SBE35) 
Part II (SBE36) 
Dialogues of the Buddha (The Dîgha-Nikâya)
Translated from the Pâli
by T.W. Rhys Davids;
London, H. Frowde, Oxford University Press 
Volume II of the Sacred Books of the
Buddhism in Translations by Henry Clarke Warren
This is a often-cited scholarly anthology
of translations of key Theravada Buddhist documents.
The Udâna Translated by Dawsonne Melanchthon
(Redacted by Chris Weimer)
Psalms of the Sisters by Caroline A. F. Rhys
Translated by E.B.
Cowell, F Max Müller,
and J Kakakusu. Sacred Books of the East,
This includes the Diamond Sutra.
(The Lotus Sutra) Translated By H. Kern (Sacred Books of the
East Vol. 21) 
She-rab Dong-bu (The Tree of Wisdom) by Nagarjuna; edited and translated by W. L. Cambell 
An influential Tibetan Buddhist text.
Discourse on the Awakening of Faith in the Mahâyâna
by Teitaro Suzuki 
The Awakening of Faith of Ashvagosha
by Timothy Richard 
Buddhism In Tibet by Emil Schlaginteweit 
A comprehensive look at Tibetan Buddhism.
The Religion of the Samurai by Kaiten Nukariya
This book focuses on Northern (Mahayana)
Buddhism, and Zen Buddhism in particular. It includes a wealth of
detail as well as very lucid explanations of Zen Buddhist concepts.
Manual of Zen Buddhism by Daisetz Teitaro
Suzuki is one of the most popular 20th
century writers about Zen Buddhism. This book is an anthology of texts
relating to Zen. Includes the famous 'Ox-Herder'
Zen for Americans by Soyen Shaku,
translated by Daisetz Teitaro
A collection of essays on Buddhism,
includes The Sutra of
Mysticism, Christian and Buddhist by Daisetz Teitaro
Suzuki. [1957, not renewed]
Suzuki compares and contrasts Buddhism
with Meister Eckhart's mystical outlook.
Gleanings In Buddha-Fields by Lafcadio Hearn .
The Nō Plays
of Japan by Arthur Waley
Translations of a selection of Nō dramas, which have deep connections with
Japanese Buddhism, Shinto, and Japanese folklore.
The Book of Tea by Kakuzo Okakura 108,498
This book discusses the aesthetics of the
Japanese Tea Ceremony, and its connection to the Japanese world-view as
The Ideals of the East by Kakuzo Okakura 
Learn about the evolution of Japanese art
and its relationship to Buddhism.