Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind
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
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
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
The Editor of the book has practiced Zazen (seated Zen), which Shunryu Suzuki himself and after some of those sessions, the editor would have discussions with the master, which were later recorded. Then the idea of the book came f...more
If when I die, the moment I’m dying, if I suffer that is all right, you know; that is suffering Buddha. No confusion in it. Maybe everyone will struggle because of the physical agony or spiritual agony, too. But that is all right, that is not a problem. We should be very grateful to have a limited body… like mine, or like yours. If you had a limitless life, it would be a real problem...more
This book was referred to me by a friend nicknamed Prophet. It wasn't a bad book, it was written pretty cool; written well, it flowed beautifully.
I just didn't get it.
Well not completely.
I get some tenants of Zen and Buddhism. I do like the idea of when you are doing something, do it. If you are sitting then sit. If you are thinking then think; but I do not get what it is the point, other than Nirvana.
I also do not get the steps we are...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
Membaca buku ini membolak-balik apa yang kita konsepkan selama ini sebagai yang spiritual. Ketika mengatakan "ini spiritual" maka kita kembali terjebak dalam dualitas karena di dalam ungkapan itu "hadir' dikotomi dengan "sesuatu yang tidak spiritual".
Hadir dalam kekinian, "di sini" dan "saat ini" itulah zen. Jika kita makan saat kita makan, itulah zen. Jika kita berak (maaf) saat kita berak, itulah zen. Yang sering terjadi pada kit...more
But reading it, you do get sort of an idea how Zen folks think or behave. I tend to like teachers that can notice where I (or their readers) are potentially going astray, especially for something like this where it's so easy to get the wrong idea and starting artificial and stupid. No contrivance sounds easy, but then you'r...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
I'd heard of course- his classic quote- 'In a beginner's mind, there are many choices, in an expert's few'- in the context of programming.
I had no idea of the central role he played in American Zen Buddhism- let alone that he was the founder of a prominent Zen center.
This book is wonderful; challenging. Eve...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