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VINE VOICEon 23 July 2012
Shunryu Suzuki is mostly known through the book "Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind".
This book brings more transcripts of his talks. I love to read them because he was such a good Zen teacher: an ordinary man, compassionate and friendly, but firm on the subject. This book contains talks on the Sandokai, a Chinese poem from the eighth century, emphasising direct experience of reality.
"Our effort in Zen is to observe everything as-it-is."
Suzuki Roshi came originally to San Francisco to serve as a priest to the Japanese American congregation there. When more and more Americans came to listen to and practice with him, the San Francisco Zen Centre was established.
In his talks I find the freshness of someone who talks from experience, like he says: "rely on your voiceless voice... Listen to the tongueless teaching". It shines through. I recommend his talks to anyone interested in Zen: get inspired by his words, get encouraged to do Zen practice.
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on 11 January 2002
As the follow-up to "Zen mind, beginners mind" it is a gem. Having also read "Crooked Cucumber" and being a bit of a Suzuki "fan" I must say the book is everything you would expect. While dealing with the Sandokai, it manages to touch upon many of the vital aspects of Zen. Great book made better by the background provided in "Crooked Cucumber". Like "Zen mind, Beginners mind" one you can read over and over again - and still get something new from it.
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on 15 June 2015
A nice posthumous collection of talks by Shunryu Suzuki - not as great as his Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind, but a nice addendum to it.
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on 14 February 2015
Nothing to say - it is Zen for Zen
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on 18 November 2014
Have only read it briefly at this time
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