Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind

Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind

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This text offers a series of insights into the Zen mind.
Publisher: Boston : Weatherhill, 2005, 1999
Edition: 1st rev. ed
ISBN: 9780834800793
0834800799
9780834800526
0834800527
Branch Call Number: Philosophy & Religion 294.344 Suz
Additional Contributors: Dixon, Trudy

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fugeninkan
Jul 03, 2018

This is a classic on Zen Buddhism. And it is quite a contrast to other early works on Zen in English. While the other Suzuki, D.T. , had more of a scholarly approach, and Kapleau's Three Pillars of Zen focuses on Satori, this little book offers a gateway into the practice of Zen in everyday life. One of the best things in this book is that one should have no gaining idea in Zen practice. This goes against almost everything that we are taught to believe. Almost everything we do is done to get ahead in some way. Zazen is not something to improve oneself or to attain some special state. It is just the true expression of our inherent Buddha nature.

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Uchinaguchi
Dec 31, 2017

This book is not a how to guide for Buddhism, but more of an explanation of the how and why certain practices take place. Each topic is pretty short, but that is because you can't read to learn Buddhism, but you must practice. I think this book would be more beneficial to someone who already had some understanding of Buddhism, but if you're patient and keep an open mind then anyone can benefit from this book.

the "San Francisco Rinpoche." too bad he caught cancer not long after this was published, still, the truths printed here, remain. SO-O-O-O highly recommended. Ulrich barely had time to read it , I snatched it back so quickly. why did I? I was afraid he would poison the good teaching whilst reading it. I similarly feared his use ant poison, in the kitchen, and leaving pools of water on the kitchen tops , afterwards. I called a poison control center and talked to them about it ( I can hear what he would say, still: ' how did that work out for ya?')

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bobgrant
Sep 05, 2011

Suzuki-Roshi was one of the first Zen teachers to come to America. This short book introduces some of his clear and simple explanations of some of Zen Buddhism's more difficult concept. Suitable for those just beginning to read about Buddhism and for those who have some Om under their belts.

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