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Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind

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Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind
Cover of the first edition
AuthorShunryu Suzuki
Trudy Dixon and Richard Baker (editors)
Cover artistที่
SubjectZen Buddhism
Published1970 (Weatherhill, New York; Tokyo)
Publication placeUnited States
Media typePrint (Paperback)
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LC ClassBQ9288 .S994 2006

Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind is a book of teachings by Shunryu Suzuki, a compilation of talks given to his satellite Zen center in Los Altos, California. Published in 1970 by Weatherhill, the book is not academic, but contains frank and direct transcriptions of Suzuki's talks recorded by his student Marian Derby.[1] Trudy Dixon and Richard Baker (Baker is Suzuki's successor) edited the talks by choosing those most relevant, arranging them into chapters.[1] According to some, it has become a spiritual classic,[1]helping readers to steer clear from the trap of intellectualism.[2] Bodhin Kjolhede, Abbot of the Rochester Zen Center, writes that, together with Philip Kapleau's The Three Pillars of Zen (1965), it is one of the two most influential books on Zen in the west.[3]

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  1. ^ a b c Shunryu Suzuki (2011). Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind. Shambhala Publications. ISBN 978-1-59030-849-3.
  2. ^ Butler-Bowdon, Tom (2005). 50 Spiritual Classics: Timeless Wisdom from 50 Great Books of Inner Discovery, Enlightenment & Purpose. Nicholas Brealey Publishing. pp. 244–245. ISBN 1-85788-349-7.
  3. ^ Kjolhede, Bodhin; Kapleau, Philip (2000). The Three Pillars of Zen: Teaching, Practice, and Enlightenment. Anchor Books. p. 382. ISBN 0-385-26093-8.

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