Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind

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  • Copyright: 2011-06-28
  • Publisher: Shambhala

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In the forty years since its original publication, Zen Mind, Beginner's Mindhas become one of the great modern Zen classics, much beloved, much reread, and much recommended as the best first book to read on Zen. Suzuki Roshi presents the basics-from the details of posture and breathing in zazen to the perception of nonduality-in a way that is not only remarkably clear, but that also resonates with the joy of insight from the first to the last page. It's a book to come back to time and time again as an inspiration to practice and it is now available to a new generation of seekers in this fortieth anniversary edition, with a new afterword from David Chadwick.

Author Biography

Shunryu Suzuki (1904-1971) was one of the most influential spiritual teachers of the twentieth century and is truly a founding father of Zen in America. A Japanese priest of the Soto lineage, he taught in the United States from 1959 until his death. He was the founder of the San Francisco Zen Center and the Tassajara Zen Mountain Center.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Introductionp. xiii
Prologue: Beginner's Mindp. 1
Right Practice
Posturep. 7
Breathingp. 11
Controlp. 14
Mind Wavesp. 17
Mind Weedsp. 20
The Marrow of Zenp. 21
No Dualismp. 25
Bowingp. 28
Nothing Specialp. 32
Right Attitude
Single-Minded Wayp. 37
Repetitionp. 39
Zen and Excitementp. 42
Right Effortp. 44
No Tracep. 47
God Givingp. 51
Mistakes in Practicep. 57
Limiting Your Activityp. 61
Study Yourselfp. 63
To Polish a Tilep. 67
Constancyp. 71
Communicationp. 74
Negative and Positivep. 78
Nirvana, the Waterfallp. 81
Right Understanding
Traditional Zen Spiritp. 87
Transiencyp. 91
The Quality of Beingp. 93
Naturalnessp. 96
Emptinessp. 100
Readiness, Mindfulnessp. 103
Believing in Nothingp. 106
Attachment, Nonattachmentp. 109
Calmnessp. 112
Experience, Not Philosophyp. 114
Original Buddhismp. 117
Beyond Consciousnessp. 120
Buddha's Enlightenmentp. 124
Epilogue: Zen Mindp. 127
Afterwordp. 135
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