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Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind by Shunryu Suzuki
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Aug 10, 2009

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From what I could tell, an interesting discussion of the ideas behind Zen Buddhism. The "author" is in fact a speaker, and each chapter comes from talks he gave to practicing Zen Buddhists. As I read it as a non-Buddhist interested in Asian thought (and particularly Asian religious thought), I found it to be at times confusing (though obviously this comes from attempting to understand another's culture through the medium of a single book). Suzuki's aim is (it seems to me) is to describe Zen Buddhism as he sees it, not to describe its history or the reasons he came to America from Japan (which is a pity. I think such a discussion would have been interesting). In the end, a good, thought-provoking read for those interested in Asian religions and Zen Buddhism, though in no way a substitute for an actual teacher.

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