Buswell, R. (1990) Chinese Buddhist Apocrypha, Honolulu, HI: University of Hawaii Press.
(An important collection of essays detailing the impact of apocryphal texts – Chinese creations purporting to represent Indian originals – on the development of Chinese Buddhism.)
Ch’en, K. (1964) Buddhism in China, Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.
(Though somewhat dated, still a classic overview of the early history of Buddhism in China.)
Ch’en, K. (1973) The Chinese Transformation of Buddhism, Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.
Cook, F. (1977) Hua-yen Buddhism: The Jewel Net of Indra, University Park, PA: Pennsylvania State University Press.
(A good introduction to basic Huayan doctrine.)
Gimello, R. (1976) ‘Chih-yen (602–668) and the Foundations of Hua-yen Buddhism’, Ph.D. dissertation, Columbia University.
(Though unpublished, this remains the best historical analysis available in English of Chinese Buddhism in the sixth and seventh centuries.)
Gregory, P. (1995) Inquiry Into the Origin of Humanity: An Annotated Translation of Tsung-mi’s Yüan-jen lun with a Modern Commentary, Honolulu, HI: Kuroda Institute and University of Hawaii Press.
(A translation of an important Chinese text, richly annotated by Gregory, who intends this book as a survey and primer of Chinese Buddhist thought for intermediate students.)
Hurvitz, L. (1960–2) Chih-I (538–597): An Introduction to the Life and Ideas of a Chinese Buddhist Monk, Mélanges chinois et bouddhiques vol. 12.
(A thorough overview of the foundational Tiantai thinker, Zhiyi.)
Liu Ming-wood (1994) Madhyamaka Thought in China, Leiden: Brill.
(Useful discussion of the key developments in Chinese Madhyamaka, especially Liu’s treatment of Jizang.)
Robinson, R. (1967) Early Mādhyamika in India and China, Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin Press.
(Classic work, detailing the efforts of Kumārajīva and his contemporaries.)
Swanson, P. (1989) The Philosophy of T’ien-t’ai, Berkeley, CA: Asian Humanities Press.
(Important historical overview of the texts and issues that lead to Zhiyi’s distinctive philosophy, with a partial translation of one of Zhiyi’s discussions of the Lotus Sutra that serves as a good example of the dense textual style of this form of Buddhism.)
Wright, A. (1990) Studies in Chinese Buddhism, ed.
Somers, New Haven, CT: Yale University Press.
(Essays dealing with important people and issues during the formative years of Buddhism in China.)
Yampolsky, P. (1967) The Platform Sutra of the Sixth Patriarch, New York: Columbia University Press.
(Yampolsky’s translation of this Chan sutra is somewhat problematic, but his introductory essays demonstrate the importance of critical historical methods for approaching this material.)
Zürcher, E. (1959) The Buddhist Conquest of China, Leiden: Brill, 2 vols.
(Another classic, dealing with the formative periods of Chinese Buddhism.)