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Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind: 50th Anniversary Edition Paperback – June 2 2020
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A 50th Anniversary edition of the bestselling Zen classic on meditation, maintaining a curious and open mind, and living with simplicity.
"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. It is an instant teaching on the first page--and that's just the beginning.
In the fifty 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.
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Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind
50th Anniversary Edition
“Though covering Zen basics like zazen posture, bowing, intention, and so on, Suzuki Roshi’s masterwork is hardly just for Zen people—or just for beginners, for that matter. It skillfully introduces important Buddhist concepts like non-attachment, emptiness, and enlightenment.”—Lion’s Roar
“I sincerely respect and applaud Shunryu Suzuki Roshi, who transmitted Dogen Zenji’s vow to the U.S.A.”—Shundo Aoyama Roshi, former Shike`Kai Kaichoh, “Teacher of the House of Soto Zen,” and author of Zen Seeds
About the Author
- Publisher : Shambhala; Anniversary edition (June 2 2020)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 176 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1611808413
- ISBN-13 : 978-1611808414
- Item weight : 204 g
- Dimensions : 13.31 x 1.22 x 20.88 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: #10,706 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- #9 in Zen Philosophy in Religion
- #13 in Zen Philosophy (Books)
- #16 in Zen Buddhism (Books)
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As a practicing Buddhist, I could grasp some of the stuff. However, some of it was downright mind-bending. This is a book one would need to and want to read over and over.
I purchased the hard-cover edition, because I knew I would want to keep it for a long time. Though it is written by a Zen monk, it is a book that all interested in Buddhism can appreciate.
I would not recommend it for beginners. However, for anyone with some knowledge of Buddhist practice and wisdom, it is a must read.
Tony R. (Toronto).
Update-the basic principles i have learned from this book -and other sources regarding zen- have helped me deal with my (random thoughts).
Top reviews from other countries
It tells you why Steve Jobs was a student of Suzuki. It has to do with beauty, simplicity and the present.
Read this book and understand the:
The right practice
The right attitude
The right understanding
I read this book once a year and is a person who regularly meditate. I find peace of mind with this book.
An enduring and dedicated following of admirers in the Soto tradition confirms Shunryu Suzuki’s valuable legacy of genuine sincerity and practical wisdom; a copy of this book should be in every home.