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Zen mind, beginner's mind

Author: Shunryū Suzuki; Trudy Dixon; Huston Smith; Richard Baker; David Chadwick
Publisher: Boston, Massachusetts : Shambhala, 2011. ©1987
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The Zen master explains the practice, nature, and basic attitudes of Zen meditation.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Shunryū Suzuki; Trudy Dixon; Huston Smith; Richard Baker; David Chadwick
ISBN: 9781590308509 1590308506 9781590308493 1590308492 9781590308905 1590308905
OCLC Number: 875173212
Description: xx, 148 pages : portrait ; 22 cm
Contents: Preface / Huston Smith --
Introduction / Richard Baker --
Prologue : Beginner's mind --
Part 1. Right practice : Posture --
Breathing --
Control --
Mind waves --
Mind weeds --
The marrow of zen --
No dualism --
Bowing --
Nothing special --
Part 2. Right attitude : Single-minded way --
Repetition --
Zen and excitement --
Right effort --
No trace --
God giving --
Mistakes in practice --
Limiting your activity --
Study yourself --
To polish a tile --
Constancy --
Communication --
Negative and positive --
Nirvana, the waterfall --
Part 3. Right understanding : Traditional Zen spirit --
Transiency --
The quality of being --
Naturalness --
Emptiness --
Readiness, mindfulness --
Believing in nothing --
Attachment, nonattachment --
Calmness --
Experience, not philosophy --
Original Buddhism --
Beyond consciousness --
Buddha's enlightenment --
Epilogue : Zen mind --
Afterword / David Chadwick.
Responsibility: Shunryu Suzuki ; edited by Trudy Dixon with a preface by Huston Smith, an introduction by Richard Baker and an afterword by David Chadwick.

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The Zen master explains the practice, nature, and basic attitudes of Zen meditation.

"'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."--Front book flap.

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