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Zen mind, beginner's mind : [informal talks on Zen meditation and practice] /

by Suzuki, Shunryū.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Boston ; Shambhala, 2011.Description: xx, 148 pages : illustrations, portrait ; 21 cm.ISBN: 9781590308493; 1590308492.Subject(s): Meditation -- Zen Buddhism | Zen Buddhism -- Doctrines | Zen Buddhism -- Rituals
Contents:
Part 1 : Right practice. Posture -- Breathing -- Control -- Mind waves -- Mind weeds -- The marrow of Zen -- No dualism -- Bowing -- Nothing special -- -- Part 2 : Right attitude. Single-minded way -- Repetition -- Zen and excitement -- Right effort -- No trace -- God giving -- Mistakes in practice -- Limiting your activity -- Study yourself -- To polish a tile -- Constancy -- Communication -- Negative and positive -- Nirvana, the waterfall -- Part 3 : Right understanding. Traditional Zen spirit -- Transiency -- The quality of being -- Naturalness -- Emptiness -- Readiness, mindfulness -- Believing in nothing -- Attachment, nonattachment -- Calmness -- Experience, not philosophy -- Original Buddhism -- Beyond consciousness -- Buddha's enlightenment.
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 books. Seldom has such a small handful of words provided a teaching as rich as has this famous opening line. 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 on the first page. And that's just the beginning.
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"In the beginner's mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert's there are few."<br> <br> So begins this most beloved of all American Zen books.nbsp; Seldom has such a small handful of words provided a teaching as rich as has this famous opening line.nbsp; 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.nbsp; An instant teaching on the first page.nbsp; And that's just the beginning.<br> <br> In the forty years since its original publication, Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind has become one of the great modern spiritual classics, much beloved, much reread, and much recommended as the best first book to read on Zen. Suzuki Roshi presents the basics--from the details of posture and breathing in zazen to the perception of nonduality--in a way that is not only remarkably clear, but that also resonates with the joy of insight from the first to the last page.

Part 1 : Right practice. Posture -- Breathing -- Control -- Mind waves -- Mind weeds -- The marrow of Zen -- No dualism -- Bowing -- Nothing special -- -- Part 2 : Right attitude. Single-minded way -- Repetition -- Zen and excitement -- Right effort -- No trace -- God giving -- Mistakes in practice -- Limiting your activity -- Study yourself -- To polish a tile -- Constancy -- Communication -- Negative and positive -- Nirvana, the waterfall -- Part 3 : Right understanding. Traditional Zen spirit -- Transiency -- The quality of being -- Naturalness -- Emptiness -- Readiness, mindfulness -- Believing in nothing -- Attachment, nonattachment -- Calmness -- Experience, not philosophy -- Original Buddhism -- Beyond consciousness -- Buddha's enlightenment.

"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. 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 on the first page. And that's just the beginning.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Preface (p. ix)
  • Introduction (p. xiii)
  • Prologue: Beginner's Mind (p. 1)
  • Part 1 Right Practice
  • Posture (p. 7)
  • Breathing (p. 11)
  • Control (p. 14)
  • Mind Waves (p. 17)
  • Mind Weeds (p. 20)
  • The Marrow of Zen (p. 21)
  • No Dualism (p. 25)
  • Bowing (p. 28)
  • Nothing Special (p. 32)
  • Part 2 Right Attitude
  • Single-Minded Way (p. 37)
  • Repetition (p. 39)
  • Zen and Excitement (p. 42)
  • Right Effort (p. 44)
  • No Trace (p. 47)
  • God Giving (p. 51)
  • Mistakes in Practice (p. 57)
  • Limiting Your Activity (p. 61)
  • Study Yourself (p. 63)
  • To Polish a Tile (p. 67)
  • Constancy (p. 71)
  • Communication (p. 74)
  • Negative and Positive (p. 78)
  • Nirvana, the Waterfall (p. 81)
  • Part 3 Right Understanding
  • Traditional Zen Spirit (p. 87)
  • Transiency (p. 91)
  • The Quality of Being (p. 93)
  • Naturalness (p. 96)
  • Emptiness (p. 100)
  • Readiness, Mindfulness (p. 103)
  • Believing in Nothing (p. 106)
  • Attachment, Nonattachment (p. 109)
  • Calmness (p. 112)
  • Experience, Not Philosophy (p. 114)
  • Original Buddhism (p. 117)
  • Beyond Consciousness (p. 120)
  • Buddha's Enlightenment (p. 124)
  • Epilogue: Zen Mind (p. 127)
  • Afterword (p. 135)

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