Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind
  • Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind
  • Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind
  • Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind
ISBN: 1590308492
EAN13: 9781590308493
Language: English
Pages: 176
Dimensions: 0.63" H x 8.19" L x 5.12" W
Weight: 0.35 lbs.
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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.

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   A book to live with
Memorable, inspiring teachings from the heart and mind of a wise, compassionate, humble teacher who also has a mischievous sense of humor. I have read this wonderful book several times over the years and Suzuki Roshi's teachings on preserving an open mind and that life is a mistake after another have stayed with me and helped me live in many different situations moment by moment. If you are interested in Zen, read this book and then blame me if you don 't agree with this review.
   This book is a gold mine of wisdom. Each ...
Each page has nuggets that are invaluable and worth reflecting on. This book is for me a daily companion to help me stay present and centered in the moment. While the concepts are difficult sometimes, even for me, I always have the feeling that I can move forward to a greater awareness! LL is a licensed Massachusetts - Massachusetts - artist.
SImple, clear, and as elegant as words can be about what it means to be in the moment and connect with our real selves in a distracting world full of tangential detail.
   deep well of inspiration
Though I have read this little book more than 20 times, I return to find the contents fresh, inspiring and deeply comforting. I am not a Zen Buddhist, but the wisdom contained here is of universal value.
Book is good : Not for beginners who want to learn Buddhism.
I had many books written by Bhudda. And I found there is the same principle, interpret different but final it,s ths same enlightment. It is best to read a many concept.
   Deeply meaningful book in my life
I found this book for the first time in the university bookstore as a teenager. I now have this book on my shelf and still enjoy the electronic format of it. This book has always helped me to find peace. I spend so much time thinking and this book feels like being is the key. I am grateful to have found this book and for the part it has played in my life over the decades.
As someone who is more into Buddhism, this book is one of the best books on Buddhism I have ever read. One thing I have to say is that I would have been a little lost if I did not know the fundamentals of Buddhism that I have read in Theravada books. The 4 Noble Truths and the 8fold Path are still the foundation. However, Zen is great and simple and I can not recommend this book more.
I have read this book twice over the last few years carefully. I find that I can now open to a deeper page for a deeper insight into my practice.
   Delightful; History hysterics
The wonderful texts of Shunryu Suzuki are a fundamental instruction and insight. His words take him to life, bringing me to life. The cacophony after the epilogue can easily be skipped over... Beautiful man, happy meeting!