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Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind

Informal Talks on Zen Meditation and Practice
Narrated by: Peter Coyote
Length: 2 hrs and 58 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (98 ratings)
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Summary

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

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excellent

A complete explanation. Really enjoyed the reading and the explanations. Even if you are not a beginner you will gain a lot from this recording. Recommended

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Great - Very Insightful!

Peter Coyote has a great voice, easy to listen to. The audiobook is a great introduction to ZEN.

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very deep stuff.

i needed to go through all chapters over all over again again we better understanding

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Amazing!

One of my favourite books! The one I always go back to over and over again.
Beautifully narrated by Peter Coyote
I recommend this to everybody interested in Zen

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Listened with an opened mind. Not what I was expecting but interesting all the same

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Truly legendary!

Gets right to the point and tells the actual truth instead of feeding you belief systems. I will be listening t this again many more times. Narration was spot on and it's a short listen, meaning it's easy to get into. Please buy this book, it will change your life. One of the greatest audio books I've ever listened to.

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I was too hopeful

I was too hopeful this would enlighten me. the opposite occurred, not falling for that again

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Beautiful truth

All you need to know all you need to be, enjoy enjoy enjoy enjoy enjoy

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  • Brian Robertson
  • 17-04-16

The best book on zen -- with another best!

Where does Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

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.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind?

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.

What does Peter Coyote bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

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.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

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,

Any additional comments?

Grateful to Audible.com for making this available!!!

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  • Jose Briseno
  • 03-04-17

Conscience Cleansing

Easy to follow narration. The message is not exactly clear at first, but wears right in like an old pair of shoes. This was another layer in the onion served up by Alan Watts. If you hate chores listen to this while doing them. You will find yourself looking for more things to do just to keep following along. If you've been meaning to take up walking or running, this is the perfect companion.

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  • douglas b hays
  • 09-10-16

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

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  • Antonio
  • 14-07-16

amazing book

great book loved the narrator overall good buy I can listen to this book over and over and learn a little more every time

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  • P.
  • 19-05-16

Wonderful Book

I have enjoyed it and it has made me look at myself. everyone should read this.

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  • Federico
  • 10-01-17

Very good

This edition misses some chapters that do are contained in Shambhala's edition from 2011. It's ok anyway.

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  • Matthew Wash
  • 29-06-18

terrific book. Horrible recording.

how can this be called a remastered Edition when it sounds so bad? this book is in desperate need of a r e recording

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  • Glen
  • 20-07-16

Excellent

Excellent, easy to follow and understand introduction to Zen. Highly recommended to anyone setting out on this journey.

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  • Nick
  • 26-09-17

The worst audio quality ever.

it took me about 10 seconds to give up on this book. it sounds like someone recorded this using a worn out tape cassette. oh well, no loss.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 19-08-18

Cool read but found it quite hard to understand.

Was a bit tricky to understand most of it. I do get the main sentiments but I'd like more modernity to it.

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