This is a work in progress. Please leave any suggested readings in the comments section. I have tried to link to pdfs and other free sources wherever I can. May the dharma commons propagate freely.

Buddhist Scriptures

The Dhammapada translated by Thanissaro Bikkhu

Tripitaka (Pali Canon) translated by Caroline A.F. Rhys Davids

Mahayana Tripitaka BDK America

The Avatamsaka Sutra translated by Thomas Cleary

The Vimalakīrti Nirdeśa Sutra translated by Robert Thurman

The Diamond Sutra translated by Ven. Hsuan Hua

The Heart Sutra (as recited in the Triratna Buddhist Community)

The Lotus Sutra translated by Tsugunari Kubo and Akira Yuyama

Books on Buddhism, Philosophy, and Radical Politics

Zen Anarchism: The Egalitarian Dharma of Uchiyama Gudo by Fabio Rambelli

Anarchy in the Pure Land: Reinventing the Cult of Maitreya in Modern Chinese Buddhism by Justin Ritzinger

Imperial Way Zen: Ichikawa Hakugen’s Critique and Lingering Questions for Buddhist Ethics Christopher Ives

A Critique of Western Buddhism: Ruins of the Buddhist Real by Glen Wallis

Selected Writings of Han Yongun: From Social Darwinism to ‘Socialism with a Buddhist Face’ Editors / Translators: Vladimir Tikhonov and Owen Miller

Radical Dharma: Talking Race. Love. Liberation. by Rev. Angel Kyodo Williams, Lama Rod Owens, with Jasmine Seyedullah, PhD.

Love and Rage: The Path of Liberation Through Anger by Lama Rod Williams

McMindfulness: How Mindfulness Became the New Capitalist Spirituality by Ronald Purser

Zen At War by Brian Victoria

Buddhist warfare by Jerryson & Juergensmeyer

Against Harmony: Progressive and Radical Buddhism in Modern Japan by James Mark Shields

The Buddha: The Social Revolutionary Potential of Buddhism by Trevor Ling

What The Buddha Taught by Walpola Rahula

The Heart of The Buddha’s Teaching by Thich Nhat Hanh

Mastering the Core Teachings of the Buddha by Daniel Ingram

The Bodhisattva’s Embrace: Dispatches from Engaged’s Buddhism’s Front Lines by Alan Senauke

Engaged Buddhism: Buddhist Liberation Movements in Asia 

Dhammic Socialism Buddhadassa Bikkhu

The Annihilation of Caste, and The Buddha and his Dhamma by Dr. B. R. Ambedkar

The Bodhisattva Doctrine in Sanskrit Literature by Har Dayal

The Buddhist World of Southeast Asia Donald K. Swearer

Buddha and the Gospel of Buddhism Ananda Coomaraswamy

Zen Awakening and Society Christopher Ives

An Introduction to Hisamatsu Shin’Ichi’s Religious Thought F.A.S. Society

Money, Sex, War, Karma: Notes for a Buddhist Revolution David Loy

Capitalism—its Nature and its Replacement: Buddhist and Marxist Insights by Graham Priest

Pure Land, Real World: Modern Buddhism, Japanese Leftists, and the Utopian Imagination by Melissa Anne-Marie Curley

Buddhist Backgrounds of the Burmese Revolution E. Sarkisyanz

Other Religious Anarchisms

I and Thou Martin Buber

On Jewish Anarchism Furio Bagnini

Christian Anarchism Alexandre Christoyannopoulos

That Holy Anarchist Mark Van Steenwyk

Religion and Morality Leo Tolstoy

Ninth Century Muslim Anarchists Patricia Crone


An Anarchist Programme Errico Malatesta

Anarchist Communism Petr Kropotkin

Ethics: Origin and Development Petr Kropotkin

Anarchist Morality Petr Kropotkin

Mutual Aid Petr Kropotkin

God and the State Mikhail Bakunin

The Ecology of Freedom Murray Bookchin

Re-enchanting Humanity Murray Bookchin

The Philosophy of Social Ecology Murray Bookchin

Social Anarchism and Organization by Anarchist Federation of Rio De Janeiro

Anarchism in Korea Independence, Transnationalism, and the Question of National Development, 1919-1984 by Dongyoun Hwang

The Art of Not Being Governed: an Anarchist History of Upland Southeast Asia by James C. Scott

Anarchism and the Black Revolution Lorenzo Kom’boa Ervin

Hatta Shuzo and Pure Anarchism in Interwar Japan by John Crump

Decolonizing Anarchism: An Antiauthoritarian History of India’s Liberation Struggle by Maia Ramnath

Daoism and Anarchism: Critiques of State Autonomy in Ancient and Modern China John A. Rapp

No Gods, No Masters, No Peripheries: Global Anarchism by Barry Maxwell

Libertarian Socialism: Politics in Black and Red eds. Pritchard, Kinna, Pinta & Berry

A Short History of the Anarchist Movement in Japan Le Libertaire Group

Shorter Texts, Articles & Essays

“Buddhist Anarchism” by Gary Snyder

Between Social Ecology and Deep Ecology: Gary Snyder’s Ecological Philosophy by Paul Messersmith Glavin

Common Consciousness by Uchiyama Gudo

Anarchist Communist Revolution by Uchiyama Gudo

My Socialism by Takagi Kenmyo

A Preliminary Conception of Zen Social Ethics Ichikawa Hakugen

Preliminary Conception of Zen Social Ethics (Continued): Problem of “Anjin”(安 心, Peace of Mind) Ichikawa Hakugen

The Problem of Buddhist Socialism in Japan Ichikawa Hakugen

Buddhism and Anarchism – reflections on the eco-anarchism of Gary Snyder by Brian Morris

The Buddha and the Future of His Religion Dr. B.R. Ambedkar

Religion and Revolution Wayne Price

Decolonizing Religious Socialism: What Western Religious Leftists Get Wrong About Buddhism Girim Jung

Decolonizing Anarchism: An Anticolonial Critique | Unsettling America

Four Movements in the History of Socially Engaged Buddhism and Their Central Contributions Donald Rothberg and Alan Senauke

Strong Lessons for Engaged Buddhists Ken Knabb

Evading the Transformation of Reality Ken Knabb

The Kernel of Free Inquiry Ven. Kobutsu Malone

Revisiting Buddhist Anarchism Kenji Liu

Zenarchy by Kerry Thornley

Zen Anarchy by John Clarke/Max Cafard

“Taking Responsibility” An Address delivered by Robert Aitken Roshi to the Buddhist Peace Fellowship Membership Gathering 

Buddhist as Revolutionary: A Conversation with Robert Aitken By Barbara Gates

Toward a Buddhist Politics of Freedom | Zach Dorfman

Comments on Buddhism and Radical Politics Senki

We’ve Been Here All Along Funie Hsu

Twilight Of The Buddha: Tantra As It Had Risen Against Brahminism Atindriyo Chakraborty

Buddhist Political Theory: Social Contract Theory of the Origin of State Ish N Mishra

Social Statism called Caste C4SS

Under the Rule of Amida Buddha

Asian Anarchism

Imperialism: Monster of the Twentieth Century Kotoku Shusui

Anarchism in South East Asia F.A.

Anarchism in East Asia Arif Dirlik

Ancient utopia and peasant revolts in China by Ngô Văn

Buddhist Critique

From Western Marxism to Western Buddhism Slavoj Zizek

Nirvanaless: Asian Buddhism’s growing fundamentalist streak Anuradha Sharma and Vishal Arora

Survivors of an International Buddhist Cult Share Their Stories Matthew Remski

When the U.S. Government Tried to Fight Communism With Buddhism Joe Freeman

Thailand, Buddha, the King & I Anonymous

Changing Myanmar’s hidden atheists Hanna Hindstrom

There is No Life After Death, Sorry Jayarava

#BuddhistCultureWars: Buddhabros, Alt-right Dharma, and Snowflake Sanghas Ann Gleig and Breanna Artinger

Why Are White Buddhists So Angry? White Rage And Buddhist Studies Scholarship Ann Gleig

Academic Articles

A Historical Introduction to Minjung (Liberation) Buddhism: A South Korean Version of Radical Buddhism in the 1980s

Why Anarchists Like Zen? A Libertarian Reading of Shinran (1173–1263) Enrique Galván-Álvarez

Meditative Revolutions? A Preliminary Approach to US Buddhist Anarchist Literature Enrique Galván-Álvarez

Utopian Individuals, Dystopian Societies: Buddhism, Anarchism and Conflict Enrique Galván-Álvarez

The Zen of Anarchy: Japanese Exceptionalism and the Anarchist Roots of the San Francisco Poetry Renaissance by James Brown

Zen and the Art of Treason: Radical Buddhism in Meiji Era (1868–1912) Japan by James Mark Shields

A Blueprint for Buddhist Revolution: The Radical Buddhism of Seno’o Girō (1889–1961) and the Youth League for Revitalizing Buddhism James Mark Shields

Seno’o Giro and the Dilemma of Modern Buddhism: Leftist Prophet of the Lotus Sutra by Whalen Lai

The Awakening of Faith in Anarchism: A Forgotten Chapter in the Chinese Buddhist Encounter with Modernity by Justin R. Ritzinger

Millennialism, Charisma and Utopia: Revolutionary Potentialities in Pre-modern Lao and Thai Theravāda Buddhism by Patrice Ladwig

“Meditation is Good for Nothing”: Leisure as a Democratic Practice Dean Mathiowetz

Ichikawa Hakugen’s “Emptiness-Anarchist-Communism” : Hidemi Ogasawara’s Buddhist Anarchism and Keiji Nishitani’s Criticism of Self-Defense (UNTRANSLATED) Morimura Osamu

Han Yongun’s Buddhist Socialism in the 1920s-1930s Vladimir Tikhonov (Pak Noja)

Avataṃsaka 華嚴 Transnationalism in Modern Sinitic Buddhism Erik Hammerstrom

Freedom from God: Periyar and Religion Karthick Ram Manoharan

Letters Of A Modern-Day Indian Buddhist Monk By Bhadant Anand Kausalyayan

The Kyoto School Bret W. Davis The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

Political Theology: Text and Practice in a Dalit Panther Community Janet A. Contursi

The Anarchist, the Punk Rocker and the Buddha walk into a bar(n): Dharma Punx and Rebel Dharma Stewart Francis

Elise A. DeVido

Jessica Xiaomin Zu


Buddhist Anarchism (Many thanks to whoever made this blog, it has been so helpful!)

Buddhism and Anarchism Nico Armin

Envisioning a Buddhist Anarchism Ian Mayes

Engage! Critical Dharma for Thinking Minds

The Imperfect Buddha (Podcast)

Hierarchies good and bad Bhante Sujato

The Anarchist Sangha

Dhammic Mutualism Rev. Adam Watson

Anarcho-Buddhist Collective

Buddhist Characteristics of Anarchism / Yeong-Jun Yeong

The Inner Moon: Anarchism, Daoism, & Buddhism




Access to insight

Sutta Central

The Open Buddhist University

Dharma Overground

Shin Dharma Net

The Anarchist Library



It’s Going Down (Anarchist News and Commentary)

Institute for Social Ecology

Institute for Anarchist Studies

Online Burma/Myanmar Library 

Southeast Asia Anarchist Library

CIRA-Nippon アナキズム文献センター – アナキズムの思想

DinDeng a Journal of Radical Views on Thailand and SE Asia