Shunryu suzuki (1905 - 1971) was born the son of a japanese zen buddhist priest he become a monk at age 13 and arrived in california in 1959 where he founded the san francisco zen center he was a direct spiritual descendent of the great thirteenth century zen master dogen one of the things that interested suzuki.
Not always so: practicing the true spirit of zen by shunryu suzuki, edited by edward espe brown, quill, 2003 pp162 book review by vladimir k, march 2004 amazon it's been over thirty years since suzuki's talks were first gathered together in a slim volume titled 'zen mind beginner's mind ' first published in 1970 by. Shunryu suzuki was a sōtō zen monk and teacher who helped popularize zen buddhism in the united states, and is renowned for founding the first buddhist monastery outside asia (tassajara zen mountain center) suzuki founded san francisco zen center, which along with its affiliate temples, comprises one of the most.
Zen mind, beginner's mind by shunryu suzuki the most beloved of american zen books was created from suzuki roshi's talks to the sangha at haiku zen in the beginner's mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert's there are few dan geddes provides a wonderful review in the critical journal the satirist. Zen mind, beginner's mind is the most easily accessible guide to zen practice, and is usually the first book that new practitioners and the zen-curious approach after reading the more general what's zen anyway-type books thus , it has developed an almost canonical reputation shunryu suzuki (1905-1971) spent.
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 of shunryu suzuki's classic in a single stroke, the simple sentence cuts.
Best quote: doublethink means the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one's mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them fun factoid: one of the last movies that steve jobs saw was the critically panned atlas shrugged: part 1 best quote: zen mind, beginner's mind, by shunryu suzuki.
Zen mind, beginner's mind by shunryu suzuki tao te ching by lao tzu an introduction to zen buddhism by dt suzuki zen flesh, zen bones by paul reps siddhartha by hermann this book had been on my radar for a while, and then in his bibliography of don't be a jerk (.