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Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind

Informal Talks on Zen Meditation and Practice

By Shunryu Suzuki
13-minute read
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Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind: Informal Talks on Zen Meditation and Practice by Shunryu Suzuki

Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind (1970) is a starter’s guide to Zen Buddhism. These blinks explain how Zen is not only a system of meditation, but also a philosophy of life. They describe how to sit, breathe and observe while maintaining a vital connection to the present moment.

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“When was the last time you've paid attention to nothing more than the air going in and coming out of your body? These blinks illuminate how dedicating yourself to this simple practice of meditation can alleviate many of our mental and emotional struggles.”

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Shunryu Suzuki was a Japanese monk who came to the United States in 1954. In addition to founding the San Francisco Zen Center, he taught countless Zen students and wrote several books on the subject, including Branching Streams Flow in the Darkness.

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