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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. 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 forty years since its original publication, Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind has become one of the great modern Zen classics, much beloved, much reread, 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, and it is now available to a new generation of seekers in this fortieth anniversary edition, with a new afterword by Shunryu Suzuki's biographer, David Chadwick.… (more)
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Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind by Shunryu Suzuki (1970)

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    What Makes You Not a Buddhist by Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse (dougb56586)
    dougb56586: Not about Zen, but a good introductory book to Buddhism.
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I recently re-read this. It's not what I'd call a fun or easy read (although there are some genuinely funny bits), but it is a very nice collection of talks on what's usually called the Soto school of Zen Buddhism. The emphasis here is not on satori or enlightenment, but on mindfulness and everyday practice. Even if you are not a practicing Buddhist, I think there is something just about every can learn from this book.

Suziki-roshi was the founder of the San Francisco Zen Center, which includes Green Gulch and Tassahara; he is generally credited with establishing the practice of Zen Buddhism in the United States. ( )
  JohnNienart | Jul 11, 2021 |
At only 3 hours, this is a short introduction to Zen in the form of a collection of talks. ( )
  adamfortuna | May 28, 2021 |
This was the audio version with Peter Coyote. Man, but he's perfect for reading Zen literature.

What do you need from me? It's a classic. Suzuki is classic. Coyote is perfect. Read it, listen to it, be it.

Or something like that. ( )
  James_Patrick_Joyce | Oct 24, 2020 |
Good introductory book to Zen practices. ( )
  bsmashers | Aug 1, 2020 |
This is one of the few books I've ever read, and re-read, to where you can open it at any page, read and learn something. It transcends Philosophy. The meaningful ability to approach everything & anything, as if it was new, whether new experiences, travels, etc.; especially important in these so-called "modern times". Suzuki's admonishment to "learn as a new student" speaks to me and I hope that readers will take the time to appreciate and find within themselves these aspects that make all of us eternal students, learners, whatever adjective, description that fits you. Refreshing. ( )
  benbrainard8 | Apr 18, 2020 |
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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. 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 forty years since its original publication, Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind has become one of the great modern Zen classics, much beloved, much reread, 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, and it is now available to a new generation of seekers in this fortieth anniversary edition, with a new afterword by Shunryu Suzuki's biographer, David Chadwick.

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