Stone Blossom Sangha
A Welcoming Zen & Tibetan Buddhist Group

Teachings

Teachings from Stone Blossom Sangha members, as well as recommended dharma teachings and resources.

Audio Teachings

Zen Dharma Talks

Tibetan Dharma Talks

Online Resources & Publications

General Buddhism

Zen Tradition

  • Choboji (Seattle Zen Temple) – see the “Instruction” and “Literature” tabs for insightful teachings, chant/sutra book, and book recommendations.

Tibetan Tradition

  • Katog Choling – the Nyingma lineage the sangha is formally affiliated with.

  • Gompa – online collaboration between multiple Tibetan monasteries and teachers to provide teachings and other services.

Essay-Length Teachings

General Buddhism

Zen Tradition

Recommended Books

General Buddhism

  • Awakening of the Heart: Essential Buddhist Sutras and Commentaries (Thich Nhat Hanh) [Amazon]

  • The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World (Dalai Lama & Desmond Tutu) [Amazon]

  • The Heart of the Buddha's Teaching: Transforming Suffering into Peace, Joy, and Liberation (Thich Nhat Hanh) [Amazon]

Zen Tradition

  • Shunryu Suzuki Roshi’s Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind [Amazon] / Not Always So: Practicing the True Spirit of Zen [Amazon]

  • An Introduction to Zen Buddhism (D.T. Suzuki; Grove Press 1994) [Amazon]

  • The Way of Zen (Alan Watts) [Amazon]

  • The Three Pillars of Zen: Teaching, Practice, and Enlightenment (Philip Kapleau Roshi) [Amazon]

  • Taizan Maezumi Roshi’s: Appreciate Your Life: The Essence of Zen Practice [Amazon] / On Zen Practice: Body, Breath, and Mind [Amazon] / The Hazy Moon of Enlightenment [Amazon]

  • Instructions to the Cook: A Zen Master's Lessons in Living a Life That Matters (Bernie Glassman Roshi) [Amazon]

  • Bring Me the Rhinoceros: And Other Zen Koans That Will Save Your Life (John Tarrant) [Amazon]

  • Vimalakirti & the Awakened Heart (Joan Sutherland Roshi) [Amazon]

Tibetan Tradition

  • Words of My Perfect Teacher: A Complete Translation of a Classic Introduction to Tibetan Buddhism (Patrul Rinpoche) [Amazon]

  • Books by Pema Chödrön, who is user friendly and easy to jump into.
    The Essential Pema – a free, topical guide summarizing Pema’s teachings.

  • Reflections on Silver River (Ken McCloud; a commentary on the 37 Practices of a Bodhisattva as taught to him by Garchen Rinpoche) [Amazon]

  • The Heart Attack Sutra: A New Commentary on the Heart Sutra (Karl Brunnhölzl) [Amazon]

  • What Makes You Not a Buddhist (Dzongsar Khyentse) [Amazon]

  • A Guide to the Bodhisattva's Way of Life (Shantideva) [Amazon]

  • The Power of an Open Question [Amazon] & The Logic of Faith: A Buddhist Approach to Finding Certainty Beyond Belief and Doubt [Amazon] by Elizabeth Mattis Nyamgel

  • Books by Dzigar Khontrul, starting with his earliest book It's Up to You onto the present, including The Intelligent Heart on Lojong

  • Open Heart, Open Mind: Awakening The Power of Essence Love (Tsoknyi Rinpoche) [Amazon]

  • Gates to Buddhist Practice (Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche) [Amazon]

  • Books by Mingyur Rinpoche, including the latest, In Love With the World: a Monk's Journey Through the Bardos of Living and Dying [Amazon]