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    DescriptionZen mind is one of those enigmatic phrases used by Zen teachers to throw you back upon yourself, to make you go behind the words themselves and begin wondering. "I know what my own mind is," you tell yourself, "but what is Zen mind?" And then: "But do I really know what my own mind is?" Is it what I am doing now? Is it what I am thinking now?" And if you should then try to sit physically still for a while to see if you can locate it--then you have begun the practice of Zen, then you have begun to realize the unrestricted mind. The innocence of this first inquiry--just asking what you are--is beginner's mind. The mind of the beginner is needed throughout Zen practice. It is the open mind, the attitude that includes both doubt and possibility, the ability to see things always as fresh and new. It is needed in all aspects of life. Beginner's mind is the practice of Zen mind. This book originated from a series of talks given by Zen Master Shunryu Suzuki to a small group in Los Altos, California. He joined their meditation periods once a week and afterwards answered their questions and tried to encourage them in their practice of Zen and help them solve the problems of life. His approach is informal, and he draws his examples from ordinary events and common sense. Zen is now and here, he is saying; it can be as meaningful for the West as for the East. But his fundamental teaching and practice are drawn from all the centuries of Zen Buddhism and especially from Dogen, one of the most important and creative of all Zen Masters.


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    Title
    Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Shunryu Suzuki
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 144
    Width: 135 mm
    Height: 208 mm
    Thickness: 12 mm
    Weight: 250 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780834800793
    ISBN 10: 0834800799
    Classifications

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: REL
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T6.6
    B&T General Subject: 690
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    Libri: B-578
    DC21: 294.3927
    Ingram Theme: APPR/RDRCAT
    Ingram Subject Code: RS
    Ingram Theme: RELI/BUDDHI
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25470
    BISAC V2.8: PHI025000
    BIC subject category V2: HREZ
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 35
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 294.3443
    BISAC V2.8: REL092000
    B&T Approval Code: A13322400, A13322480
    BISAC V2.8: REL007020
    LC subject heading: , , ,
    DC22: 294.3/4/43
    LC classification: BL1478.6 .S9 1970, BL1478.6.S
    Edition
    New edition
    Edition statement
    New edition
    Illustrations note
    illustrations
    Publisher
    Shambhala Publications Inc
    Imprint name
    Weatherhill Inc
    Publication date
    01 July 1973
    Publication City/Country
    Boston
    Author Information
    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.
    Review quote
    "One of the best, and most succinct introductions to Zen practice."-- "Library Journal " "[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 "