Some books I recommend on zen and addiction
The first is Living With Drugs, by Michael Gossop. This book is simply written and easy to read - it is a `good read'. It contains information about all the common psychoactive drugs available for recreational use, the history of drug taking and our attitudes to people who take drugs. The subject is handled in a `blinkers off' style that helped me see my own judgements and prejudices. It also contains explanations of street terminology and some of the medical implications of prolonged use and addiction.
This book I can recommend to anyone who has drug-taking in the family and wants a first-line information source. Parents of teenagers can accurately assess the likely outcome of their children's behaviour. But it is not a scare-mongering book. Gives you the facts.
The first of three zen books is The Three Pillars of Zen, by Roshi Philip Kapleau.This well-known text forms beginning reading for many students of Zen. Originally published in 1965, it is still fresh and vibrant with translations from Zen teachers, some simple instructions for meditation practice, and some exciting stories of the Enlightenment experience.
A beginning book for someone studying zen: Taking the Path of Zen, by Robert Aitken Roshi. Tells the author's own story, gives instruction for meditation and setting up a meditation practice of your own.
All of Thich Nhat Hanh's book are good. This one is the story of the Buddha's life and early disciples, and how the great wheel of the teaching was started on its rolling journey: Old Path, White Clouds, by Thich Nhat Hanh.A peace activist and lecturer, Thich Nhat Hanh left Viet Nam in 1966 and has since become a great spokesperson for reconciliation, a poet and a Zen teacher. One of the shining ones.