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Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind by Shunryu Suzuki
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Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind is, apparently, the collected lectures of Shunryu Suzuki on Zen Buddhism and especially the practice of zazen, the 'just sitting and meditating' part of Buddhist practice. The book is replete with ostensibly paradoxical statements, but past that kind of Zen argot, it's easy to discern the meaningfulness of Zen practice--at least I think so. As I understand it, the practitioner of Zen meditation, by meditating, attempts to achieve a different conscious state, one that, Buddhists claim, is somehow more in keeping with 'the revealed nature of reality' and in harmony with it. At the very least, it's hard to sleight the Buddhist's search for equanimity in the practice and by extension in everyday life.

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