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Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind by Shunryu Suzuki
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Feb 18, 08

Read in January, 1972

This book was put together from a series of lectures by Shunyru Suzuki who was one of the first Zen Buddhist teachers to share Buddhism with Americans in the middle to late 20th century. I met Suzuki when I was a teenager, and was influenced by him a great deal. Because of him I found that I was very attracted to meditation practice and to his particular style of teaching. He was a good spiritual friend. In this book Shunryu expresses the heart of Zen in the simplest but most profound ways. His style is casual but enigmatic. If you want to get a feel for Soto Zen, this is the best book you'll find.

When I was an idealistic 19 year old, I ask Shunyru if I could be his student.
He said, "Of course. Now we're good friends". I never forgot his words.
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