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Shunryu Suzuki: Beginner’s Mind

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Shunryu Suzuki: Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind

Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind is a book of teachings by the late Shunryu Suzuki, a compilation of talks given to his satellite Zen center in Los Altos, California. Published in 1970 by Weatherhill, the book is not academic. These are frank and direct transcriptions of Suzuki’s talks recorded by his student Marian Derby. Trudy Dixon and Richard Baker (Baker was Suzuki’s successor) edited the talks by choosing those most relevant, arranging them into chapters. According to some, it has become a spiritual classic, helping readers to steer clear from the trappings of intellectualism.

 

Thich Nhat Hanh Teaches about Gathas (10 min)

22 Mar 2017

Excerpt from an EIAB retreat in 2011. Heavily cut to remove German translation

Peace everywhere

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“Once you stop clinging and let things be, you’ll be free… You’ll transform everything… And you’ll be at peace wherever you are.”
~Bodhidharma

 

Worse enemy

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“Thoughts are unsteady, they wander at their own will. The task is to quiet them, and by calming them to find happiness. An untroubled mind, a mind beyond judgments, watches and understands.

Your worst enemy cannot harm you as much as your own thoughts, unguarded. But once mastered, no one can help you as much, not even your father or your mother.”

~Buddha~
The Dhammapada

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When attention is focused on itself

 

 

“Wherever the mind’s attention is focused, that becomes one’s experience. Focused on thoughts, thoughts increase. Focused on self, self charges up. Focused on suffering, it only gets worse. When attention is focused on itself, something indescribable and wonderful is revealed!”

~Jackson Peterson

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