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Named one of the 100 Best Spiritual Books of the Twentieth Century (Spirituality & Practice)

A 50th Anniversary edition of the bestselling Zen classic on meditation, maintaining a curious and open mind, and living with simplicity.

"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. It is an instant teaching on the first page--and that''s just the beginning.

In the fifty 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.

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“One of the best and most succinct introductions to Zen practice.”— Library Journal
 
“I sincerely respect and applaud Shunryu Suzuki Roshi, who transmitted Dogen Zenji’s vow to the U.S.A.”—Shundo Aoyama Roshi, former Shike`Kai Kaichoh, “Teacher of the House of Soto Zen,” and author of Zen Seeds

About the Author

Shunryu Suzuki (1904–1971) was one of the most influential spiritual teachers of the twentieth century and is truly a founding father of Zen in America. A Japanese priest of the Soto lineage, he taught in the United States from 1959 until his death. He was the founder of the San Francisco Zen Center and the Tassajara Zen Mountain Center. He is the author of Zen Mind, Beginner''s Mind and Branching Streams Flow in the Darkness: Zen Talks on the Sandokai, and he is the subject of the biography Crooked Cucumber by David Chadwick.

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GVLchick29607
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Great Concise Read About Zen Philosophy
Reviewed in the United States on July 25, 2020
I read the original edition as a teenage girl. Wanted my own copy and saw that there was an anniversary edition. Beginner''s Mind is so important to remember. As we age, we realize how important the right perspective is.
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Alan
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I can''t relate to this book
Reviewed in the United States on December 25, 2020
I''ve read a fair amount of Buddhist literature, but this book is written as if everything is a riddle. I find it mostly frustrating to read. I strongly prefer a plain clear style.
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Zazen
Reviewed in the United States on February 5, 2021
There''s so much to unlearn and relearn from this refreshing philosophy. The greatest concepts are beginning with something that you already know but this time with a beginner''s mind. It''s counterintuitive and it''s the narrow path of finding innovative ideas. I... See more
There''s so much to unlearn and relearn from this refreshing philosophy. The greatest concepts are beginning with something that you already know but this time with a beginner''s mind. It''s counterintuitive and it''s the narrow path of finding innovative ideas.

I learnt from this book that Buddhism isn''t a religion but a way of thinking and a way understanding yourself. The way of thinking from this book have positive ripple effect for anyone that receive the concepts.
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Beautiful Edition:
Reviewed in the United States on March 7, 2021
This beautiful book arrived quickly and and it''s just wonderful. I couldn''t find my other copy and I''m looking forward to reading it again and re-inserting it into my library! The perfect book for any epoch but especially after the last four years of anger and hatred.
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Jacqueline Forsyth
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Making the difficult less so
Reviewed in the United States on June 11, 2021
Zen is often difficult for us westerners to grasp because it seems to go so against our commonly perceived notions of success and a life well-lived. Although still difficult to comprehend in many ways, this book, through its emphasis on the beginner’s mind, makes these... See more
Zen is often difficult for us westerners to grasp because it seems to go so against our commonly perceived notions of success and a life well-lived. Although still difficult to comprehend in many ways, this book, through its emphasis on the beginner’s mind, makes these basic concepts much easier to understand and to apply. My second reading of it made it even more valuable.
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A wonderful classic!
Reviewed in the United States on March 4, 2021
What a wonderful book! Whether you are new to Zen Buddhism, curious, or someone who has been sitting for years, there is something in this book for you!
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Brian Doyle
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Worthwhile introduction
Reviewed in the United States on May 1, 2021
I read this book having studied religion in college and more recently started to do some meditation (Robert Wright’s excellent but somewhat misleadingly-named “Why Buddhism is True” inspired me to do so. I enjoyed ZMBM as it was understandable/readable enough to make me... See more
I read this book having studied religion in college and more recently started to do some meditation (Robert Wright’s excellent but somewhat misleadingly-named “Why Buddhism is True” inspired me to do so. I enjoyed ZMBM as it was understandable/readable enough to make me feel like I grasped some of the important concepts in Zen, but at the same time there are obviously more poetic or paradoxical aspects that probably take a bit more practice.
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Becoming Awareness
Reviewed in the United States on June 12, 2021
This book is an owners manual for learning how to “Just Be”. The practice of Zazen helps one to master their own unruly mind.
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What Steve Job''s knew.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 2, 2020
This is a brilliant must read instructionbook on Zen meditation. It tells you why Steve Jobs was a student of Suzuki. It has to do with beauty, simplicity and the present. Read this book and understand the: The right practice The right attitude The right understanding I...See more
This is a brilliant must read instructionbook on Zen meditation. It tells you why Steve Jobs was a student of Suzuki. It has to do with beauty, simplicity and the present. Read this book and understand the: The right practice The right attitude The right understanding I read this book once a year and is a person who regularly meditate. I find peace of mind with this book.
This is a brilliant must read instructionbook on Zen meditation.

It tells you why Steve Jobs was a student of Suzuki. It has to do with beauty, simplicity and the present.

Read this book and understand the:
The right practice
The right attitude
The right understanding

I read this book once a year and is a person who regularly meditate. I find peace of mind with this book.
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Reviewed in Germany on October 19, 2020
While I''m used to reading books on complex and abstract topics, I found this book pretty hard to understand most of the time. I bought it in the hope of deepening my meditation and mindfulness practice and I like the non-striving, goallesness approach that Zen seems to...See more
While I''m used to reading books on complex and abstract topics, I found this book pretty hard to understand most of the time. I bought it in the hope of deepening my meditation and mindfulness practice and I like the non-striving, goallesness approach that Zen seems to embrace (as far as I understand it) and I did pick up a couple of nuggets from the book, but most of the book was very hard to understand for me and the writing was so unusual (bad?) that it bordered complete nonsense. It could definitely be that the topic of Soto Zen is just very hard to write about in a clear and simple way, or maybe Shunryu Suzuki wanted to challenge the reader to confront themselves with their own Beginner''s Mind / Don''t-Know Mind, but I unfortunately don''t think I would recommend the book to someone who wants to learn about Zen meditation and practice.
While I''m used to reading books on complex and abstract topics, I found this book pretty hard to understand most of the time. I bought it in the hope of deepening my meditation and mindfulness practice and I like the non-striving, goallesness approach that Zen seems to embrace (as far as I understand it) and I did pick up a couple of nuggets from the book, but most of the book was very hard to understand for me and the writing was so unusual (bad?) that it bordered complete nonsense.

It could definitely be that the topic of Soto Zen is just very hard to write about in a clear and simple way, or maybe Shunryu Suzuki wanted to challenge the reader to confront themselves with their own Beginner''s Mind / Don''t-Know Mind, but I unfortunately don''t think I would recommend the book to someone who wants to learn about Zen meditation and practice.
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Mente Zen, uma introdução
Reviewed in Brazil on March 24, 2021
O livro traz a filosofia Zazen, que inspirou Phil Jackson, multicampeao da NBA o que me Trouxe até este livro. Mesmo com uma pegada mais holistica este livro te leva a uma reflexao sobre o ego e como viver a big mind e encontrar paz.
O livro traz a filosofia Zazen, que inspirou Phil Jackson, multicampeao da NBA o que me
Trouxe até este livro. Mesmo com uma pegada mais holistica este livro te leva a uma reflexao sobre o ego e como viver a big mind e encontrar paz.
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one liner : read it ... u wont regret.
Reviewed in India on November 7, 2020
it is not a one time read. i m going back again n again everyday. it is changing my life , my perception.
it is not a one time read. i m going back again n again everyday. it is changing my life , my perception.
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Great introduction to Zen
Reviewed in Australia on May 22, 2021
The word ‘Zen’ is used a lot, especially in the field of interior design, but what does it actually mean? This book provides an answer to that question...
The word ‘Zen’ is used a lot, especially in the field of interior design, but what does it actually mean? This book provides an answer to that question...
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