We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access .
Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind Audiobook

Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind: Informal Talks on Zen Meditation and Practice

Regular Price:$15.36
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Publisher's 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 works. Seldom has such a small handful of words provided a teaching as rich as this famous opening line of Shunryu Suzuki's classic. 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 in the first minutes. And that's just the beginning.

In the 30 years since its original publication, Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind has become one of the great modern Zen classics. Suzuki Roshi presents the basics in a way that is remarkably clear and resonates with the joy of insight. Listeners will refer to this audio time and time again as an inspiration to practice.

©1970 Shunryu Suzuki (P)1988, 2015 Audio Literature, Phoenix Books

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.7 (140 )
5 star
 (110)
4 star
 (19)
3 star
 (10)
2 star
 (0)
1 star
 (1)
Overall
4.7 (119 )
5 star
 (92)
4 star
 (18)
3 star
 (8)
2 star
 (1)
1 star
 (0)
Story
4.6 (121 )
5 star
 (88)
4 star
 (24)
3 star
 (6)
2 star
 (3)
1 star
 (0)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Brian Robertson 04-17-16
    HELPFUL VOTES
    22
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    37
    5
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "The best book on zen -- with another best!"
    Where does Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is, without a doubt, my number one most excellent book on zen. Add to that the remarkable presence of Peter Coyote who is reading it aloud.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind?

    there are too many such moments by way of this or that sentence. Unpacking this book and its depth is not an intellectual exercise -- it is from the heart.


    What does Peter Coyote bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The best matching of material to presentation that I know if in the audio book field. This is not a fact everybody has to believe. It is, instead, from my own point of view in terms of my admiration for the book itself carried over to a wonderful presentation. I am fairly sure that finding a more appropriate and sensitive reading simply couldn't be found.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, although as I mention above, hearing the book several times reveals more profound sentences that, at first pass, were like jewels left on the floor,


    Any additional comments?

    Grateful to Audible.com for making this available!!!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  •  
    P. 05-19-16
    P. 05-19-16
    HELPFUL VOTES
    2
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    9
    6
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Wonderful Book"

    I have enjoyed it and it has made me look at myself. everyone should read this.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Antonio 07-14-16
    Antonio 07-14-16
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "amazing book"

    great book loved the narrator overall good buy I can listen to this book over and over and learn a little more every time

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    sambo the boondocks 10-11-16
    sambo the boondocks 10-11-16 Member Since 2015
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    3
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Wonderful Introduction"

    A book for those who want a concise and meaningful glimpse into the practice of Buddhism.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    douglas b hays 10-09-16 Member Since 2015
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "going on my third time listening....."

    this book and narrator make this moment shine...breathing better seeing clearer....joyful finding....standing here feeling the light

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Glen 07-20-16
    Glen 07-20-16
    HELPFUL VOTES
    2
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    2
    2
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Excellent"

    Excellent, easy to follow and understand introduction to Zen. Highly recommended to anyone setting out on this journey.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
Sort by:
  • Amazon Customer
    5/17/16
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Beautiful truth"

    All you need to know all you need to be, enjoy enjoy enjoy enjoy enjoy

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.