Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind

ISBN-10: 0834800799
ISBN-13: 9780834800793
Edition: 2006
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Description: Zen mind is one of those enigmatic phrases used by Zen teachers to throw you back upon yourself, to make you go behind the words themselves and begin wondering. "I know what my own mind is," you tell yourself, "but what is Zen mind?" And then: "But  More...

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Book details

List price: $14.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Incorporated
Publication date: 4/1/1973
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 132
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.484
Language: English

Zen mind is one of those enigmatic phrases used by Zen teachers to throw you back upon yourself, to make you go behind the words themselves and begin wondering. "I know what my own mind is," you tell yourself, "but what is Zen mind?" And then: "But do I really know what my own mind is?" Is it what I am doing now? Is it what I am thinking now?" And if you should then try to sit physically still for a while to see if you can locate it-then you have begun the practice of Zen, then you have begun to realize the unrestricted mind. The innocence of this first inquiry-just asking what you are-is beginner's mind. The mind of the beginner is needed throughout Zen practice. It is the open mind, the attitude that includes both doubt and possibility, the ability to see things always as fresh and new. It is needed in all aspects of life. Beginner's mind is the practice of Zen mind. This book originated from a series of talks given by Zen Master Shunryu Suzuki to a small group is Los Altos, California. He joined their meditation periods once a week and afterwards answered their questions and tried to encourage them in their practice of Zen and help them solve the problems of life. His approach is informal, and he draws his examples from ordinary events and common sense. Zen is now and here, he is saying; it can be as meaningful for the West as for the East. But his fundamental teaching and practice and drawn from all the centuries of Zen Buddhism and especially from Dogen, one of the most important and creative of all Zen Masters.

Preface
Introduction
Prologue : beginner's mind
Posture
Breathing
Control
Mind waves
Mind weeds
The marrow of zen
No dualism
Bowing
Nothing special
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
Traditional zen spirit
Transiency
The quality of being
Naturalness
Emptiness
Readiness, mindfulness
Believing in nothing
Attachment, non-attachment
Calmness
Experience, not philosophy
Original Buddhism
Beyond consciousness
Buddha's enlightenment

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