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by Huston Smith,Richard Baker,David Chadwick,Shunryu Suzuki

  • ISBN: 1590308492
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  • Author: Huston Smith,Richard Baker,David Chadwick,Shunryu Suzuki
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Shambhala; 9/19/11 edition (June 28, 2011)
  • Pages: 176 pages
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Shunryu Suzuki (1904–1971) was one of the most influential spiritual teachers of the twentieth century and is truly a founding father of Zen in America

view Kindle eBook view Audible audiobook. Shunryu Suzuki (1904–1971) was one of the most influential spiritual teachers of the twentieth century and is truly a founding father of Zen in America. A Japanese priest of the Soto lineage, he taught in the United States from 1959 until his death. He was the founder of the San Francisco Zen Center and the Tassajara Zen Mountain Center.

Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind book. One of the classic introductions of Buddhist Zen practice in America

Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind book. One of the classic introductions of Buddhist Zen practice in America. So many books on Zen written since this small jewel first came out forty-five years ago. Is there really more to say than shikan taza - just sitting: "When you bow, you should just bow; when you sit you should just sit; when you eat you should just eat. When you do this, the universal nature is there.

Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind is a book of teachings by the late Shunryu Suzuki, a compilation of talks given to his satellite Zen center in Los Altos, California. Published in 1970 by Weatherhill, the book is not academic, but contains frank and direct transcriptions of Suzuki's talks recorded by his student Marian Derby.

127. Afterword by David Chadwick. He is the author of Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind and Branching Streams Flow in the Darkness: Zen Talks on the Sandokai, and he is the subject of the biography Crooked Cucumber by David Chadwick.

From 1925 to 1926 Suzuki did Zen training with Dojun Kato in Shizuoka at Kenko-in. He continued his schooling during this period.

ONLINE BOOK "Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind by Shunryu Suzuki" djvu windows how read epub iBooks italian. Dripping Rain: Learning Haiku from Shunryu Suzuki - Graceguts. Zen Mind, Beginners Mind Each page has different thoughts on it about achieving peace in your mind. Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind (this book on tape got me through some hell).

Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind starts with a preface by Huston Smith, an introduction by Richard Baker and a prologue by Shunryu Suzuki. The body of the book is divided into three parts. Part 1, called Right Practice, has nine chapters

Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind starts with a preface by Huston Smith, an introduction by Richard Baker and a prologue by Shunryu Suzuki. Part 1, called Right Practice, has nine chapters. Part 2, called Right Attitude, has 14 chapters and Part 3, called Right Understanding, has 13 chapters. The book concludes with an epilogue by Suzuki and an afterword by David Chadwick

In the beginner's mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert's . Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind.

In the beginner's mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert's there are fe. So begins this most beloved of all American Zen books. Published in 1970 by Weatherhill, the book is not academic. These are frank and direct transcriptions of Suzuki's talks recorded by his student Marian Derby. According to some, it has become a spiritual classic, helping readers to steer clear from the trappings of intellectualism.

"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 spiritual 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.
Reviews about Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind: Informal Talks on Zen Meditation and Practice (7):
Rko
Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind by Shunryu Suzuki is a rather intricate but deep view into the mindscape of what the 'Zen Mind' entails.

Given that this book isn't exactly for those in the nascent stages of Zen Buddhism, it can be quite enigmatic in some spots. Still, this does not detract from the wealth of information the reader will be able to garner if they maintain an open mind.

Overall the book shows many insights individuals may follow to strengthen their core repertoire.

Some of the concepts the book discusses included mindfulness, the importance of calmness and focus in your life, proper practice, simplicity and much more.

For someone that's new in traversing the Zen realm, this book is quite appreciated. It synthesizes many complex topics in a simple to follow manner, and does so in a way that is rich in scope as well.

Reading this book will definitely help the reader become more cognizant of the mind in countless ways.

After having this book a while, and referenced it quite a bit, have a feeling that how much this book helps an individual is proportional to how much one focuses on each of the concepts. It really is an excellent book.
Kipabi
Reading this book is like sitting with a teacher. The energy of it is clear and light, open. Its intent is to share its understanding, its observations.

On first reading, I understood very little of what it was trying to convey. Sentences in English, easy enough to read, but conveying concepts that clearly went deeply beneath the words to a place that I didn’t comprehend and couldn’t feel.

I’ve since re-read it and now, continually re-read sections of it! Its instruction cannot really be conveyed via language alone. The concepts have to be absorbed in combination with meditation, intent and an openness to different ways of looking at life. Each sentence becomes a phrase to study and meditate on. Eventually, the meaning of the words start to appear as if birds in a wood when you are looking for them. Everything quiets down and then they appear to you, though they’ve always been there.

Over time, my understanding of the book has changed from it being a lecture, a ‘this is how you should do it’ instructional to a ‘look, this is how it can work’ observation - an understanding of how it is possible to live with straight forward and simple, profound joy.

It is one of my go-to resources for spiritual guidance and calm beauty.
Ariseym
At the time I read “Beginner's Mind”, I was a hardcore Theravadan Buddhist. But, between this & 2 other notable books,
my conception of Meditation (and the 'spiritual path', as we call it) drastically shifted.

"Beginner's Mind" is arranged into chapters/vignettes of short, 3-page talks. Suzuki's wisdom is simple, clear, & effective.
His talks help clarify the proper mental attitude with which to practice zazen [sitting-meditation], and by consequence, he clarifies the spiritual path in general.

Peace.
-Paul C.

**the 2 other notable books were: “Be As You Are: the Teachings of Sri Ramana Maharshi” &
“Midnights with the Mystic” (teachings of Sadhguru, Jagadish Vasudev)
Gom
I have considered myself a Buddhist for many years but have recently been studying it more in depth. So many of my resources refer to Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind that I simply had to get it. I found the reading to be a little on the tedious side, yet the end result would be so simple. Maybe it's more difficult to explain a simple concept. Suzuki would begin each factor with a head-scratching phrase and then would proceed in describing it and explaining it in more depth. Eventually, through many various attempts, the ah-hah would reveal itself, much as a sculpture reveals itself after much chiseling. In repeated explanations about zazen, the simple method is to do whatever you do in the moment, without comparison or focus on an end result, the future, or the past. An analogy would be to exercise for exercise-sake, not to improve your health or build muscle. And do it every day without judgment. In other words, adopt the Nike slogan and "just do it." That's enlightenment. However, don't focus on enlightenment and don't do it to attain enlightenment or it's not true enlightenment and not true zazen. Get what I mean about complex yet simple??
Rolorel
This was an assigned textbook in my Buddhism course, and I found myself reading the entire book cover to cover, rather than stopping at the required pages. It draws the reader in and flows well, keeping interest and providing insight. Whether you are studying the art of meditation or simply want to open your mind, this is the book for you. I habitually felt calmer after reading these pages and reflecting on them. This is one "textbook" I plan to hold on to!
Blackbrand
This is one of the best basic books in Zen literature for the Western mind. There are short chapters dealing with the importance of sitting posture and ways to quiet the mind. It is a book that is based on a series of lectures that Suzuki developed for people in the U.S.A. I have used this book as a reference book for my life and return to it often to center my life when things seem to be getting a bit off-kilter. What is good is that each one of the chapters has a heading regarding an aspect of daily life. It is not full of 'doctrine' or detailed teachings, but gently explains some of the thinking behind this way of meditation and how it fits into the Buddhist tradition, specifically Zen Buddhism. I am a Christian, but find this very helpful in my daily walk.

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