Philip Kapleau (1912 – 2004) was born in New Haven, Connecticut, in the United States and became a teacher of Zen Buddhism in the Sanbo Kyodan tradition, a blending of Japanese Soto and Rinzai schools. These distinctions are primarily ones of form, since adepts in all schools of Zen aspire to complete enlightenment, known in Sanskrit as "anuttara samyak sambodhi."
He was abbot of the Rochester Zen Center in Rochester, New York. He was a strict vegetarian and is famous for his book To Cherish All Life: A Buddhist Case for Vegetarianism.
- "Awakening to Zen" (New York: Scribner, 1997) ISBN 0-684-82973-8
- "Straight to the Heart of Zen" (Boston: Shambhala, 2001) ISBN 1-57062-593-X
- "The Three Pillars of Zen" (New York: Anchor Books, 2000) ISBN 0-385-26093-8
- "The Wheel of Death: A collection of writings from Zen Buddhist and other sources on death, rebirth, dying" (editor) (London: George Allen & Unwin LTD, 1972) ISBN 0-04-294074-5
- "The Zen of Living and Dying: A Practical and Spiritual Guide" (Boston: Shambhala, 1998) ISBN 1-57062-198-5
- "To Cherish All Life: A Buddhist Case for Vegetarianism" (San Francisco: Harper & Row, 1982) ISBN 0-940306-00-X
- "Zen: Merging of East and West" (New York: Anchor Books, 1989) ISBN 0-385-26104-7
- "Zen Teaching, Zen Practice," edited by Kenneth Kraft, a festschrift honoring Kapleau (New York: Weatherhill, 2000) ISBN 0-8348-0440-9