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Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind Audiobook

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

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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

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    "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!!!

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    Federico 01-10-17
    Federico 01-10-17
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    "Very good"

    This edition misses some chapters that do are contained in Shambhala's edition from 2011. It's ok anyway.

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    Antonio 07-14-16
    Antonio 07-14-16
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    "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

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    P. 05-19-16
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    "Wonderful Book"

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

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    "Conscience Cleansing"

    Easy to follow narration. The message is not exactly clear at first, but wears right in like an old pair of shoes. This was another layer in the onion served up by Alan Watts. If you hate chores listen to this while doing them. You will find yourself looking for more things to do just to keep following along. If you've been meaning to take up walking or running, this is the perfect companion.

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    "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

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    Excellent book and audio delivery was perfect for me when I walk. I loved this

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    José Pimentel Santo Domingo. 05-31-17
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    "Great title to inquire into true buddhist practice"

    As the title implies, these informal talks on zen practice introduces the listener yo be more aware of his true nature through the persistence and disciplined effort of Zen practice. The narrator's speech is very clear and glitchless.
    A good textbook for practitioners to read along or after this, in my perspective, would be Radiant Mind by Peter Fenner; as doing so will strengthen a natural wisdom background to further discover insights.

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    sharon 05-15-17
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    "Simple but powerful"

    This is a Easy read base on very simple idea but profound n enriching. A great book for anyone in self discovery

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    benson karanja 05-14-17
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    "Great book for understanding meditation practice."

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Peter Coyote is the instrument of voice that leads the listener through this journey of discovery. He brings to focus Shunryu's time tested writings on the subject, that meditation should find its rightful place in our lives. As such we can find and then live out our true nature through practice. I highly recommend this book.

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    "Truly legendary!"

    Gets right to the point and tells the actual truth instead of feeding you belief systems. I will be listening t this again many more times. Narration was spot on and it's a short listen, meaning it's easy to get into. Please buy this book, it will change your life. One of the greatest audio books I've ever listened to.

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    "Beautiful truth"

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

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