Jake Traynor’s Recommended Reading List

Book List

Zen:

  • One Straw Revolution – Masanobu Fukuoka (Larry Korn translation)
  • The Way of Zen – Alan Watts
  • Hsin Hsin Ming – Seng-ts’an (Eric Putkonen translation)
  • The Book on the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are – Alan Watts
  • Tao: The Watercourse Way – Alan Watts
  • The Way of Chuang Tzu – Thomas Merton
  • The Unfettered Mind – Takuan Soho (William Scott Wilson translation)
  • Bankei Zen – Peter Haskel
  • Zen Mind Beginner’s Mind – Shunryu Suzuki
  • Tao Te Ching – Lao Tzu (Stephen Mitchell translation)
  • Book of Lieh Tzu (Lionel Giles translation)
  • Basho: The Complete Haiku (Jane Reichhold translation)

The other translations of Zhuangzi (Chuang Tzu) to fully grasp his meaning:

  • The Complete Works Of Chuang Tzu – Burton Watson
  • The Chuang Tzu – Lutang Yin

Extended List:

  • The Zen Teachings of Master Lin Chi – Burton Watson
  • Joyous Cosmology – Alan Watts
  • Zen in the Art of Archery – Eugen Herrigel
  • Zen Bow, Zen Arrow – John Stevens

Also read everything about the following Zen Masters:

  • Bodhidharma
  • Huike
  • Sengcan
  • Daoxin
  • Farong
  • Hongren
  • Huineng

Strategy:

  • Discourses on Livy – Machiavelli (Oxford’s World’s Classics)
  • The Art of War – Sun Tzu
  • A Book of Five Rings – Miyamoto Musashi
  • Tao of Jeet Kune Do – Bruce Lee (warning: large file size)
  • The Art of War – Machiavelli
  • Seven Pillars of Wisdom – T.E. Lawrence

Also read everything you can about:

  • Napoleon
  • Patton
  • Takeda Shingen
  • T.E. Lawrence

Listening List

Zen:

  • Every talk by Alan Watts that you can find on the internet.

Watch List

Strategy:

  • Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
  • Patton (1970)

Recent History:

  • Bitter Lake – Adam Curtis
  • Hypernormalization – Adam Curtis