Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind [NOOK Book]

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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. ...

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Overview

“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.

"A primer on what Zen is and how a person can begin to practice it."--Publishers Weekly

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Editorial Reviews

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“[This] is a different book every time I read it. Behind the simplicity, it is dense with Zen wisdom that flashes like lightning as you read and reread.”—Jon Lebkowskyl, Millennium Whole Earth Catalog

“One of the best and most succinct introductions to Zen practice.”—Library Journal

“One of the top five Buddhist books, ever.”—Elephant

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780834821293
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/15/2011
  • Series: Shambhala Publications
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 40,212
  • File size: 358 KB

Meet the Author

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. 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.

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Table of Contents

Preface Huston Smith ix

Introduction Richard Baker xiii

Prologue: Beginner's Mind 1

Part 1 Right Practice

Posture 7

Breathing 11

Control 14

Mind Waves 17

Mind Weeds 20

The Marrow of Zen 21

No Dualism 25

Bowing 28

Nothing Special 32

Part 2 Right Attitude

Single-Minded Way 37

Repetition 39

Zen and Excitement 42

Right Effort 44

No Trace 47

God Giving 51

Mistakes in Practice 57

Limiting Your Activity 61

Study Yourself 63

To Polish a Tile 67

Constancy 71

Communication 74

Negative and Positive 78

Nirvana, the Waterfall 81

Part 3 Right Understanding

Traditional Zen Spirit 87

Transiency 91

The Quality of Being 93

Naturalness 96

Emptiness 100

Readiness, Mindfulness 103

Believing in Nothing 106

Attachment, Nonattachment 109

Calmness 112

Experience, Not Philosophy 114

Original Buddhism 117

Beyond Consciousness 120

Buddha's Enlightenment 124

Epilogue: Zen Mind 127

Afterword David Chadwick 135

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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted August 17, 2009

    Unpretentious spirituality

    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.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2002

    Zen Wisdom

    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.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 12, 2013

    Nothing Really New Here

    I got this ebook on the recommendation from well-known coach Phil Jackson via Oprah's Super Soul Sunday program. I'm about halfway through it, and while I find it a simple, easy read with some nuggets worth highlighting, for the most part, I feel like it's not telling me anything I haven't already read elsewhere. If you are new to meditation and the idea of zen, you might enjoy his simplistic explanations. For me, I was hoping for a deeper angle than what I'd read in other books. I do think he offers a glimpse into the simple beauty of having a practice.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2012

    Sesilu

    That is the book that introduced me to Zen ans shikantaza. I read the book 5 years ago and I still read it.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2011

    This book is so zen, it...

    Tells you not to read the book and to learn zen on your own.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 13, 2009

    Great content, poor quality

    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.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2000

    The Bible of Zen

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 4, 2014

    Actually understandable!

    I have tried to understand the essence of Zen meditation and have fallen short in other material I have read. This is a westernized explanation of Zen meditation. I am reading through it for about the 3rd time and get a little better insight each time. I would recommend this book for anyone trying to get a handle on life through Zen meditation.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2014

    Fantastic bit of Philosophy

    This is a classic book that is meant to be read over and over. It is the work of true genius.He takes complex topics and breaks them down with the sole purpose of communication. Truly a masterpiece. It was originally produced in the 1970s and is timeless. After learning the word Suzuki you will see him quoted in fields of thought. Do yourself a favor and ensure that this book is available to you to read again and again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2013

    Flameclaw

    Oh ok

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2013

    Lilacgrace

    " Yyyayy... " she mews worriedly.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2013

    Feathersong

    At moonpool first res.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2013

    Singerstar

    Bbt@ 7- 8 central

    Bye feathersong!
    Written 9:37 pm central

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2013

    Zen

    K &hearts

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2013

    A great introduction to Zen without a lot of "fluff" o

    A great introduction to Zen without a lot of "fluff" or clutter.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 1, 2011

    Chaned my life

    It helps you experience reality more fully :)

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