The following are useful introductory texts on Buddhism and collections of Buddhist scriptures:

Introductions to Buddhism

Batchelor, M. (2010). The spirit of the Buddha. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press.

Batchelor, S. (1997). Buddhism without beliefs. London: Bloomsbury.

Hagen, S. (1997). Buddhism plain and simple. London: Penguin.

Kennedy, A. (1985). The Buddhist vision: An introduction to the theory and practice. London: Rider.

Keown, D. (1996). Buddhism: A very short introduction. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Introductions to Zen

Batchelor, M. (1999). The way of Zen. London: Thorsons.

Blackstone, J. & Josipovic, Z. (1986). Zen for beginners. New York, NY: Writers and Readers Publishing, Inc.

Sargent, J. (2001). Asking about Zen. New York, NY: Weatherhill.

Suzuki, S. (1970, 2006). Zen mind, beginner’s mind. Boston, MA: Weatherhill.

Suzuki, D. T. (1949, 1969). An introduction to Zen Buddhism. London: Rider.

Watts, A. (1957, 1989). The way of Zen. New York, NY: Vintage Books.

Collections of Scriptures and Commentaries

Analayo (2003). Satipatthana: The direct path to realization. Cambridge: Windhorse Publications.

Batchelor, S. (2000). Verses from the centre: A Buddhist vision of the sublime. New York, NY: Riverhead Books.

Bodhi, B. (Ed.) (2005). In the Buddha’s words: An anthology of discourses from the Pali Canon. Boston, MA: Wisdom Publications.

Conze, E. (Ed.) (1959). Buddhist scriptures. London: Penguin.