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Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind by Shunryu Suzuki

Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind (original 1970; edition 1973)

by Shunryu Suzuki

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Title:Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind
Authors:Shunryu Suzuki
Info:Weatherhill (1973), Edition: New Ed, Paperback, 132 pages
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Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind by Shunryu Suzuki (1970)

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Sparked my transformative journey towards progressive relaxation and awareness. Thank you. ( )
  Michael.Bradham | Sep 2, 2013 |
This is a book I could probably re-read quiet a few times. ( )
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This is a book for people who practice. I do not -- I am interested in starting to think about practicing -- therefore I am not its audience. I wish I had realized that before I started to duty read.

If I ever do start to practice, I may return to this book. ( )
  pammab | Mar 12, 2012 |
This book can be life changing if you have any interest in practicing zazen. ( )
  HezPez | Jul 20, 2011 |
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A respected Zen master in Japan and founder of the San Francisco Zen Center, Shunryu Suzuki has blazed a path in American Buddhism like few others. He is the master who climbs down from the pages of the koan books and answers your questions face to face. If not face to face, you can at least find the answers as recorded in Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind, a transcription of juicy excerpts from his lectures. From diverse topics such as transience of the world, sudden enlightenment, and the nuts and bolts of meditation, Suzuki always returns to the idea of beginner's mind, a recognition that our original nature is our true nature. With beginner's mind, we dedicate ourselves to sincere practice, without the thought of gaining anything special. Day to day life becomes our Zen training, and we discover that "to study Buddhism is to study ourselves." And to know our true selves is to be enlightened. --Brian Bruya

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Zen mind is one of those enigmatic phrases used by Zen teachers to throw you back upon yourself, to make you go behind the words themselves and begin wondering. "Is it what I am doing now? Is it what I am thinking now?" The innocence of this first inquiry--just asking what you are--is beginner's mind. The mind of the beginner is needed throughout Zen practice. It is the open mind, the attitude that includes both doubt and possibility, the ability to see things always as fresh and new. It is needed in all aspects of life. This book originated from a series of talks given by Zen Master Shunryu Suzuki to a small group is California. His approach is informal, and he draws his examples from ordinary events and common sense.--From publisher description.… (more)

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