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Preview — Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind by Shunryu Suzuki
Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind: Informal Talks on Zen Meditation and Practice
I have taken a bit of a break from meditation and music for 3-4 months now, and these informal talks are exactly the kind of thing I need to get myself to head in the right direction. It's a book that I recommend re-visiting often, for it provides a perfect impetus...more
The most important things in our practice are our physical posture and our way of breathing. We are not so concerned about a deep understanding of Buddhism. p99
To cook is not just to prepare for someone or for yourself; it is to express your sincerity. So when you cook you should express yourself in the activity in the kitchen. You should allow plenty of time; you should work on it with nothing in your mind, and without expecting anything. You should just cook! That is also an expression of our...more
I was reading the comments on a blog post about the benefits of always seeking to learn new things and saw that someone recommended this book. A second person chimed in to say that he also considered this to be one of the most important tools in his productivity arsenal. That was enough for me, apparently. Because blog comments are a great place to find book recommendations.
Now that I've read it, I can see that these two commenters probably didn't. W...more
Those are just some thoughts about some present concerns. The main reason for the posting is to pass on something I read that as not in a book. It is this powerful Zen koan.
Count the s...more
The book gets its title from his contention that wisdom consists in being open to the present moment, with the eagerness of the beginner, rather than closing oneself off like the self-styled expert.
A closely related concept is that of zazen, which, t...more
I think the Zazen practice or sitting is an important part that should never be missed while reading “The Zen Mind”. I didn’t practi...more
-Right attitude is to have strong confidence in our original nature
-Concentration on our usual everyday routine
-When you do something, you should burn yourself completely, like a good bonfire, leaving no trace of yourself.
-Study yourself and forget yourself
-When you become you, Zen becomes Zen. When you are you, you see things as they are, and you become one with your surroundings.
-Big mind is something to express, not something to figure out. Big mind is something you...more
I was assigned this book to read in a class on Buddhism, but it is now one of my favorite books.
While this is written by a master of Zen Buddhism, it is a very secular presentation of the philosophy and does not include any reliance on Buddhist beliefs. There is some discussion of Buddhist beliefs, but if that is contrary to your world view you can ignore those parts and still benefi...more
When I worked in the corporate structure, amid the many strictures were a great many benefits. One of them included any number of courses which we were able to attend for free, incl...more
Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind falls into a rare category of books, one which holds the power to knock at the doors of one's heart, which is yearning to know it's real nature. And once you open the doors, it does not preaches wisdom but let you walk the path where wisdom churns out within oneself.Suzuki talks about one of the most important and often missed subject, of how to keep one's practice pure. Suzuki makes it very clear that, intellectual masturbation is useless without actual practice.Suzuki...more
Very spare, very light, profound. A book to dip into once, then again, and again.
Published, I believe, at least 50 years ago(?). How does it hold up against heavies like Chodron and the Dalai Lama? Very well, I think. Chodron's great gift is her ability to convey Buddhist teaching with such warmth and ease that one feels you could run into her and strike up a conversation; this title does...more
It's the kind of book that you can finish today and start reading again tomorrow. That's just what I wanted to do when I finished the book yesterday. It's not a book to read...more
Before we were born we had no feeling; we were one with the universe. This is called "mind-only," or "essence of mind," or "big mind," After we are separated by birth from this oneness, as the water falling from the waterfall is separated by the wind and rocks, then we have feeling. You have difficulty because you have feeling. You attach to the feeling you have without knowing just how this kind of feeling is created. When you do not realize that you are one with the river, or one with t...more
Short lectures that were given by a Zen master, Shunry Suzuki, in the 60s in America, in his San Francisco Zen Center. The lectures have some use, but Zen books are a bit difficult since the themselves constantly see to tell us that Zen isn’t to be learned and read but to be practiced and experienced which makes it hard for me to critic it. If it can’t really be read, then why write it? It’s like releasing a film on DVD and at the...more