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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (10,750 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Shunryu Suzuki Narrator: Peter Coyote Publisher: Phoenix Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 1999 ISBN:
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Shunryu Suzuki (1905-1971) was a direct spiritual descendant of the renowned 13th-century Zen master Dogen, and his hugely influential Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind ranks with the great classics of Zen literature. Suzuki's clear, coherent translation of ancient beliefs and principles miraculously leaves all the subtleties of Zen intact, while adapting the language to modern sensibilities. As he reveals the actual practice of Zen as a discipline for daily life, the listener begins to understand what Zen is really about. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lee | 2/17/2014

    " This is a book I could probably re-read quiet a few times. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bob | 2/6/2014

    " Read slowly, like a poem, and read often, like a piece of your life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Miho | 2/3/2014

    " It's difficult to digest the contents of this kind of book. What I could pick up from my first reading was to empty my mind as much as possible. When I face something, I should see it as it is, without any pre-thoughts or my own opinions. This attitude will make me become wise and help to think clearly. Throw away my colored glasses. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrea | 1/29/2014

    " I'm not very good at zen (I think I'm a little too high energy and anxiety-filled) but I'm trying, and this is an interesting introduction. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ben | 1/25/2014

    " One of the classic books on Zen, written for a western audience. I am going to revisit it soon, since my interest in mediation has been re-ignited. Refreshing for me to remember that the best mind is the beginner's mind, since I am often too obsessed with knowledge and achievement . . . "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erik Hiller | 1/23/2014

    " Good introduction to Zen Buddhism. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stas Kusak | 1/23/2014

    " to begin... is to end... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Evan Dower | 1/19/2014

    " Before reading Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind, I thought that Buddhism was very negative since there is so much talk of "suffering". This book convinced me that Buddhism really isn't very negative, and mostly just makes a lot of sense. After reading it, I read more about meditation and Buddhism, and I now consider myself to be Buddhist (though not Zen). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jen3n | 1/5/2014

    " Not a bad way to start. Or a bad place to start, rather. Clearly and beautifly written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linster | 12/28/2013

    " Meditation is hard. This book helps, with simple and short chapters that explain what Zen meditation is and how to get into it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zen Meditation | 12/16/2013

    " Whereas beginning monastics are handed What the Buddha Taught as an introduction to Buddhist history and theory, they are just as frequently given Zen Mind as their introduction to meditation for just reason: It is a superb guide which not only outlines but explains how zezen functions. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kyle Smucker | 12/9/2013

    " It is ok to have opinions about this book. Sit with them and then let them go. Or I'll hit you with a stick until you sit up straight again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rainbowgardener | 12/5/2013

    " I absolutely love this little book. I go back and re-read it every now and then, and am always inspired. Every word is carefully chosen and carries weight. Beautiful introduction to Zen. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tasche de la Rocha | 11/28/2013

    " This book is kinda telling you what to do which always creeps me out a little. I don't really want to read books that tell me what and what not to do. Strong religions are a little strange to me. It's good though and has some good advice. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Klgg | 11/21/2013

    " One of my favorite books! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hunter Marston | 11/5/2013

    " Don't read it just once. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kimberly | 7/26/2013

    " For a small book, it's very powerful. Great book for concentrating on what's really important. I recommend it to anyone looking for peace and quiet. I loved it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pixel Word | 12/20/2012

    " I liked it. It's simple. What more can you want, right?! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa Williams | 12/4/2012

    " david and i and suzuki have a long relationship. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenae | 9/7/2012

    " Our world would be a better place if everyone read this once a year. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris Lemig | 8/22/2012

    " I loved the ending but it kinda dragged in the middle. Ha-ha. This is a bit embarassing but I always thought Zen and Buddhism were two seperate things. Turns out there is no Zen, there is no Buddhism and there is no no-Zen or no no-Buddhism either. That settled, "just sit". "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Richard | 8/16/2012

    " This is exactly what a book on Zen should be - short, straight forward, to the point, but also utterly paradoxical. It encapsulates the essence of Zen for an American audience, but breathes the wit and warmth of Japanese thought in every word. The must-have Zen primer. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joseph Bailey | 3/24/2012

    " A poetic, insightful introduction to Soto zen and zazen in general. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anders | 10/20/2011

    " A great companion, a chapter every now and then. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Benjamin Barnes | 10/12/2011

    " Book of lectures on Zen it was okay. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Justin Howe | 5/31/2011

    " I recommend this for most bookshelves. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patrick Quillen | 5/18/2011

    " As I said about Brother Lawrence's 'Practice' in everything, regardless of the path, in everything. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 5/4/2011

    " Just started this today - loving it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Adrienne | 4/22/2011

    " I liked it. It's simple. What more can you want, right?! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve | 4/1/2011

    " Great book. I definitely want to revisit it again. It's both the simplest book I've read about Buddhism but also the most complex. It works on a lot of levels. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Richard | 3/31/2011

    " This is exactly what a book on Zen should be - short, straight forward, to the point, but also utterly paradoxical. It encapsulates the essence of Zen for an American audience, but breathes the wit and warmth of Japanese thought in every word. The must-have Zen primer. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephen | 3/13/2011

    " A classical text on Zen Buddism that appears on many buddhist teachers' essential readings list. The title personifies the text. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kipbob | 2/20/2011

    " Adds to how I think about a zen approach to life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 E | 2/1/2011

    " One of the very best books that brought Zen Buddhism to the West. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Falconbrother | 1/6/2011

    " What an awesome, must read book. Five stars. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chad | 12/29/2010

    " Unconventional thinking; presents a different way of looking at things. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joseph | 12/29/2010

    " Great book, Shunryu Suzuki is the Zen meditation teacher and founder of the Temples in California, he has made it simple for people to understand and blend in with their own religious practice and life.
    Very good read "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brian | 12/9/2010

    " "When you do something, you should burn yourself completely, like a good bonfire, leaving no trace of yourself." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 11/26/2010

    " This is the book that introduced me to Buddhism and helped me to follow the Middle Way. Suzuki Roshi is the one to read if you are interested in Buddhism. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brian | 11/9/2010

    " Most significant book I've read. "

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