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 works. Seldom has such a small handful of words provided a teaching as rich as this famous opening line of Shunryu Suzuki's classic. 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 in the first minutes. And that's just the beginning.
In the 30 years since its original publication, Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind has become one of the great modern Zen classics. Suzuki Roshi presents the basics in a way that is remarkably clear and resonates with the joy of insight. Listeners will refer to this audio time and time again as an inspiration to practice.
©1970 Shunryu Suzuki (P)1988, 2015 Audio Literature, Phoenix Books
"The best book on zen -- with another best!"
This is, without a doubt, my number one most excellent book on zen. Add to that the remarkable presence of Peter Coyote who is reading it aloud.
there are too many such moments by way of this or that sentence. Unpacking this book and its depth is not an intellectual exercise -- it is from the heart.
The best matching of material to presentation that I know if in the audio book field. This is not a fact everybody has to believe. It is, instead, from my own point of view in terms of my admiration for the book itself carried over to a wonderful presentation. I am fairly sure that finding a more appropriate and sensitive reading simply couldn't be found.
Yes, although as I mention above, hearing the book several times reveals more profound sentences that, at first pass, were like jewels left on the floor,
Grateful to Audible.com for making this available!!!
great book loved the narrator overall good buy I can listen to this book over and over and learn a little more every time
I have enjoyed it and it has made me look at myself. everyone should read this.
This edition misses some chapters that do are contained in Shambhala's edition from 2011. It's ok anyway.
A book for those who want a concise and meaningful glimpse into the practice of Buddhism.
"going on my third time listening....."
this book and narrator make this moment shine...breathing better seeing clearer....joyful finding....standing here feeling the light
Excellent, easy to follow and understand introduction to Zen. Highly recommended to anyone setting out on this journey.
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