Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind

Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind

Book - 2006
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"In the beginner's mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert's there are few." So begins this most beloved of all American Zen books. Seldom has such a small handful of words provided a teaching as rich as has this famous opening line of Shunryu Suzuki's classic. In a single stroke, the simple sentence cuts through the pervasive tendency students have of getting so close to Zen as to completely miss what it's all about. An instant teaching on the first page. And that's just the beginning.

In the thirty years since its original publication, Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind has become one of the great modern Zen classics, much beloved, much re-read, and much recommended as the best first book to read on Zen. Suzuki Roshi presents the basics--from the details of posture and breathing in zazen to the perception of nonduality--in a way that is not only remarkably clear, but that also resonates with the joy of insight from the first to the last page. It's a book to come back to time and time again as an inspiration to practice.
Publisher: Boston : Shambhala, 2006
ISBN: 9781590302675
Characteristics: xxi, 179 p. : ill. ; 18 cm
Other Standard Identifier: 9781590302675


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Jul 03, 2018

This is a classic on Zen Buddhism. And it is quite a contrast to other early works on Zen in English. While the other Suzuki, D.T. , had more of a scholarly approach, and Kapleau's Three Pillars of Zen focuses on Satori, this little book offers a gateway into the practice of Zen in everyday life. One of the best things in this book is that one should have no gaining idea in Zen practice. This goes against almost everything that we are taught to believe. Almost everything we do is done to get ahead in some way. Zazen is not something to improve oneself or to attain some special state. It is just the true expression of our inherent Buddha nature.

Dec 31, 2017

This book is not a how to guide for Buddhism, but more of an explanation of the how and why certain practices take place. Each topic is pretty short, but that is because you can't read to learn Buddhism, but you must practice. I think this book would be more beneficial to someone who already had some understanding of Buddhism, but if you're patient and keep an open mind then anyone can benefit from this book.

the "San Francisco Rinpoche." too bad he caught cancer not long after this was published, still, the truths printed here, remain. SO-O-O-O highly recommended. Ulrich barely had time to read it , I snatched it back so quickly. why did I? I was afraid he would poison the good teaching whilst reading it. I similarly feared his use ant poison, in the kitchen, and leaving pools of water on the kitchen tops , afterwards. I called a poison control center and talked to them about it ( I can hear what he would say, still: ' how did that work out for ya?')

Sep 05, 2011

Suzuki-Roshi was one of the first Zen teachers to come to America. This short book introduces some of his clear and simple explanations of some of Zen Buddhism's more difficult concept. Suitable for those just beginning to read about Buddhism and for those who have some Om under their belts.


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