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Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind

by Shunryu Suzuki

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Shunryu Suzuki (1905-1971) was a direct spiritual descendant of the renowned 13th-century Zen master Dogen, and his hugely influential Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind ranks with the great classics of Zen literature. Suzuki's clear, coherent translation of ancient beliefs and principles miraculously leaves all the subtleties of Zen intact, while adapting the language to modern sensibilities. As he reveals the actual practice of Zen as a discipline for daily life, the listener begins to understand what Zen is really about.

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To say that this is best book on Zen is not correct, for it is neither the best book nor the worst on Zen. And yet, it is both the best book and the worst book on Zen. This is the correct understanding. If that makes sense to you, then you will like this book.

A must have for,... anyone interested.

I first came across this book through reading another. The book was called "Sacred Hoops" a story of Phil Jackson(coach of the Bulls at that time) It was about his search, so I figured "what the heck, I'll check it out." To this day, I must say, that I have read this book coutless time and continue to find myself in the middle of it. Truely exceptional. It is forever giving me wisdom for nurishment.

One of the great masterpieces

This book is austere and simple and wise. If you know nothing of Buddhism, or Zen practice, or if you know everything about both, this book is a guide and a teacher. Highly recommended.

Shunryu Suzuki, Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind
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  • Narrator: Peter Coyote
  • Published: 2006

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