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Zen Mind, Beginners Mind Audio Cassette – Abridged, Audiobook

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Product details

  • Audio Cassette: 2 pages
  • Publisher: Audio Literature; abridged edition edition (1 Dec. 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0944993079
  • ISBN-13: 978-0944993071
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 11.4 x 18.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,984,766 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Format: Paperback
The most useful book on Zen I have read so far. Zen abhors analysis and description, and Suzuki takes a practical, human approach to the practice of zazen. The book was compiled from talks given by him at his Zen centres, and is full of honest advice and personal experience.
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.
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By A Customer on 10 Mar. 2004
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Classic is an overused word these days but it really does apply to this book. As other reviewers have pointed out it really isn't for beginners despite the title. If you are already involved in meditation practice this book will be helpful. It is a book written by someone from the Soto Zen tradition but it is often recomended by Tibetan teachers as well, so universal is its application. As Suzuki says 'Actually we are not the Soto school at all. We are just Buddhists. We are not even Zen Buddhists. If we understand this point, we are truly Buddhists'.
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.
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By A Customer on 17 Mar. 2004
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I agree with all of the positive comments below - this is a wonderful and beautiful book. However, I don't think it is only for those with experience of Buddhist practice. There is something here for everyone. If you have never meditated or thought about Buddhism, parts of the book may seem obscure at first: but this need not get in the way of enjoying the rest. Certainly, this book is not a "beginner's guide", but it values beginners (as the title suggests) and I strongly recommend it to anyone who has an interest in Buddhism.
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Format: Audio Cassette
A simple and pure book, yet infinitely deep. I do not recommend it for those just starting meditation as it neglects techniques which will be necessary for the beginner. To such people I'd have to suggest the excellent 'MEDITATION: THE BUDDHIST WAY OF TRANQUILLITY AND INSIGHT' by KAMALASHILA. But for those who are fairly well grounded in meditation and who have more than an intellectual notion of buddhism then read this book. A real breath of fresh air.
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If you are entirly new to meditation, avoid this book: it will put you off. You will think the master's been smoking weed. He refers to experiences in a way which initiates will understand, but you won't. Buy this book in a couple of years' time, when you're ready for it.
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.
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As an introductory book to Zen Buddhism, this is quite daunting or useless. The publishing industry seems to have cashed into the misconception that this this is a book for beginners because it has "Beginner's Mind" in the title. This book is really not where you should be starting as the first point for any sort of reading on Buddhism - Zen or not. I'd recommend reading something else first, actually attending a zazen session somewhere and *then* reading this book to get the full impact.

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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I was worried that this was out of print. My copy has been read and reread so many times that it is falling to pieces. Who needs more than this illuminating book? It explains nearly Everything in a simple, clear, compassionate style. Written as from a Master's spoken word. Brilliant!
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I know it sounds a bit OTT but as someone who is not religious, this book perfectly exemplifies how we could ideally live our lives. As meditator for 20 years, my state of mind is very important for my sense of peace, wellness and productivity. Suzuki Roshi takes me to my personal nirvana within a few lines of any of the beautiful passages. It has so much depth that I have been perpetually reading this book for more than 17 years and continue to learn from it. Probably read it 100+ times. I've read hundreds of buddhist and zen books. This is the one you want.
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