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Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind - Shunryu Suzuki

Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind

Paperback Published: 15th June 2011
ISBN: 9781590308493
Number Of Pages: 176

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"In the beginner's mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert's there are few."

So begins this most beloved of all American Zen books.  Seldom has such a small handful of words provided a teaching as rich as has this famous opening line.  In a single stroke, the simple sentence cuts through the pervasive tendency students have of getting so close to Zen as to completely miss what it's all about.  An instant teaching on the first page.  And that's just the beginning.

In the forty years since its original publication, Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind has become one of the great modern spiritual 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.

Industry Reviews

"[This] is a different book every time I read it. Behind the simplicity, it is dense with Zen wisdom that flashes like lightning as you read and reread."--Jon Lebkowskyl, Millennium Whole Earth Catalog

"One of the best and most succinct introductions to Zen practice."--Library Journal

"One of the top five Buddhist books, ever."--Elephant

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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ISBN: 9781590308493
ISBN-10: 1590308492
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 176
Published: 15th June 2011
Publisher: Shambhala Publications Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.9 x 13.4  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.23
Edition Number: 1

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