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Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind: Informal Talks on Zen Meditation and Practice
     

Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind: Informal Talks on Zen Meditation and Practice

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by Shunryu Suzuki, Trudy Dixon
 

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ISBN-10: 0834800799

ISBN-13: 9780834800793

Pub. Date: 04/28/1973

Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Inc.

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. "I know what my own mind is," you tell yourself, "but what is Zen mind?" And then: "But do I really know what my own mind is?" Is it what I am doing now? Is it what I am

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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. "I know what my own mind is," you tell yourself, "but what is Zen mind?" And then: "But do I really know what my own mind is?" Is it what I am doing now? Is it what I am thinking now?" And if you should then try to sit physically still for a while to see if you can locate it—then you have begun the practice of Zen, then you have begun to realize the unrestricted mind.

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. Beginner's mind is the practice of Zen mind.

This book originated from a series of talks given by Zen Master Shunryu Suzuki to a small group in Los Altos, California. He joined their meditation periods once a week and afterwards answered their questions and tried to encourage them in their practice of Zen and help them solve the problems of life. His approach is informal, and he draws his examples from ordinary events and common sense. Zen is now and here, he is saying; it can be as meaningful for the West as for the East. But his fundamental teaching and practice are drawn from all the centuries of Zen Buddhism and especially from Dogen, one of the most important and creative of all Zen Masters.

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ISBN-13:
9780834800793
Publisher:
Shambhala Publications, Inc.
Publication date:
04/28/1973
Pages:
138
Product dimensions:
5.35(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.40(d)

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Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
MarkEStanger More than 1 year ago
This modern classic cuts through the quick-fix and instant results promised by many spiritual "methods". It is applicable to other religious traditions. If you want instant spirituality, if you want God in your pocket, if you want the thrill of religious experience over and above an ordered, integral, calm spiritual life, then this is not the book for you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind for the first time about a year ago. I found it to be one of the most accessible works on Zen Buddhism and Zen meditation techniques I've read (and I've read plenty, by both Eastern and Western writers). The late Suzuki had a gift for making Zen accessible to Westerners, as evidenced by his extensive use of anecdote and analogy to put across some of the more esoteric aspects of the philosophy. Regardless of one's religious background, I believe there is much to be learned about living from this slim book. Also suggest you read 'Open Your Mind, Open Your Life: A Book of Eastern Wisdom' by Taro Gold, which makes a great companion book on the path to learning more about Buddhism and living a happy life.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book teaches you everything you need to know about zen and meditation. It is broken into three chapters: 1) right posture, 2)right attitude, and 3) right understanding. Suzuki gives very clear and insightful ways on how to approach zen. Suzuki emphasizes that you must have a beginner's mind, which means that you must approach everything with a clear and open mind. No matter whether you're trying zen for the first time or having been meditating for years, this book is a necessity for all those interesting in zen and/or meditation.
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Zen-Qabalist More than 1 year ago
Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind is one of my top recommendations for anyone on a path involving meditation. So much practical advice! I bought the audio tapes of Peter Coyote's reading from Audio Literature back in 1986. I literally wore my tapes out from use over the years. I was hoping to get the work restored on Audio CD. However, when I heard these, I found the sound quality matched my old cassette tapes. I suspect Phoenix Books just made CDs from cassette tapes as old as mine. I can make CDs of this quality or better in my own home. No restoration has been attempted on these CDs. So I am torn as to how to rate this product. The content is top notch. I haven't found a better book on mindfulness. But the quality of these CDs is horrible. I think someone needs to re-produce this work in the sound studio. For those new to this book, it is the most inspiring, life-changing, motivating book on spiritual practice I've ever read. It provides a lot of fundamental advice on how to meditate and some of the traps along the way. It is a spiritual must read.