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
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
Suzuki, a Zen Master, essentially popularized Zen in America back in the... seventies? Yeah, sure. Back in the 1970s. Or '60s. Whatever one you want to believe. But that doesn't matter. What matters is that Suzuki has had an astronomical influence on many, many people and...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 definitely will remember parts of this book while I am building up my meditation practice again. Sometimes the language can seem confusing, but the author states this is necessary since it is so hard to really defi...more