Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind

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Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind
Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind.jpg
Cover of the first edition
Author Shunryu Suzuki
Trudy Dixon and Richard Baker (editors)
Cover artist ที่
Country United States
Language English
Subject Zen Buddhism
Published 1970 (Weatherhill, New York; Tokyo)
Media type Print (Paperback)
Pages 132
ISBN 0-8348-0079-9
OCLC 20674253
294.3/4435 22
LC Class BQ9288 .S994 2006

Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind is a book of teachings by the late 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 was 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][2][3] helping readers to steer clear from the trappings of intellectualism.[4] 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.[5]

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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. ^ Reflections on Shunryu Suzuki's Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind
  3. ^ Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind at San Francisco Zen Center
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ 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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