Zen Mind, Beginners Mind Audio Cassette – Abridged, Audiobook
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" One of the best and most succinct introductions to Zen practice." -- Library Journal
" This is one of the top five Buddhist books, ever." -- Elephant
" One of the best and most succinct introductions to Zen practice. " -- Library Journal
& quot; This is one of the top five Buddhist books, ever.& quot; -- Elephant
“One of the best and most succinct introductions to Zen practice.”—"Library Journal"
"This is one of the top five Buddhist books, ever."—"Elephant"
"One of the best and most succinct introductions to Zen practice."--"Library Journal"
"This is one of the top five Buddhist books, ever."--"Elephant"
One of the best and most succinct introductions to Zen practice. "Library Journal"
"This is one of the top five Buddhist books, ever." "Elephant"" --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
About the Author
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. He is the author of "Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind" and "Branching Streams Flow in the Darkness: Zen Talks on the Sandokai," and he is the subject of the biography "Crooked Cucumber " by David Chadwick." --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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I am on my third reading, and am finally getting to appreciate some of the messages. These concepts are in fact very simple, if you read with your heart rather than your head. It is free from Zen-stifling intellectual analysis and explanation which is found in lesser works, there is no struggling with brain-busting koans, and satori is never mentioned.
One of the most important messages is very encouraging: that difficulty, distraction and hardship actually improve the practice of zazen. Great news for Beginners like me.
When I first read this it really did get through to me that meditation wasn't about attaining something but just about sitting. As the author says 'It is when your practice becomes greedy you become discouraged with it. So you should be grateful that you have a sign or a warning signal to show you the weak point in your practice'. This isn't about Buddhist philosophy but about actually doing Zazen for which it is invaluable. In a market place that has become swamped by new age books that use the word Zen in the title it's understandable that the word has become devalued or meaningless but this would undoubtedly make my short list after thirty years of Buddhist study.
If you have some experience of meditation, this book is a must: the master's been everywhere we've been, and then a lot further. It's really helped my zazen, and the learning's rubbed off on my Tai Chi, too.
Suzuki's talks are very elliptical and it can sometimes be hard to decipher, but I think the spirit of the book is that you shouldn't even *try* to decipher it. Rather, just try to *feel* what his words mean. I can see myself re-reading this book many times and it illuminating something new each time.
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This book is full of wisdom and truth. It is a great guide on attaining peace.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer