My Library


Many of my students have asked which books I read for inspiration. The books that I have listed below are ones that I have read and recommend.  Of course I refer to some books more than others, so within each category I have listed the “most frequently referred to” books near the top.

Please be aware that the links below lead to the Amazon website and, should you decide to purchase a book, I will receive a (very) small payment. If you purchase through these links, thank you in advance. But in any case, I encourage you to read the books that interest you since many can be found at your local library.



The Tao Te Ching, by Lao-tzu is the seminal text of Taoism and the second-most translated book in the world (following the Bible). Since I don’t read Chinese, I own several translations and frequently read the same chapter in multiple translations to get a truer feel for the meaning of the original. These include:

Tao Te Ching: An Illustrated Journey, Steven Mitchell

Tao Te Ching: The Definitive Edition, Jonathan Star

Te-Tao Ching - A New Translation Based on the Recently Discovered Ma-wang-tui Texts, Robert G. Henricks

Tao Te Ching, Gia-Fu Feng and Jane English


Mastery: The Keys to Success and Long-Term Fulfillment, George Leonard


The Taoist Classics, Volume 1: The Collected Translations of Thomas Cleary (4-volume set), translated by Thomas Cleary; The Taoist Classics, Volume 2; The Taoist Classics, Volume 3; The Taoist Classics, Volume 4


Zen in the Art of Archery, Eugen Herrigel


The Complete Works of Chuang Tzu, translated by Burton Watson


The Diamond Cutter, Geshe Michael Roach


The Art of War, Sun Tzu – translated by Thomas Cleary


The Book of Five Rings, Miyamoto Musashi


The Art of Worldly Wisdom, Baltasar Gracián


The Art of Happiness: A Handbook for Living, The Dalai Lama


The Way of Zen, Alan W. Watts


Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior, Chögyam Trungpa


The Myth of Freedom and the Way of Meditation, Chögyam Trungpa


Smile at Fear: Awakening the True Heart of Bravery, Chögyam Trungpa



The Camera, Ansel Adams


The Negative, Ansel Adams


The Print, Ansel Adams


Edward Weston: The Flame Of Recognition, Nancy Newhall


The Daybooks of Edward Weston, Edward Weston (out of print, but used copies available)


On Photography, Susan Sontag


Photographers on Photography, edited by Nathan Lyons (out of print, but used copies available)


Other Art Books

Zen of Seeing: Seeing/Drawing as Meditation, Fredrerick Frank


The Awakened Eye, Fredrerick Frank


The Natural Way to Draw, Kimon Nicolaïdes