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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.

▶ Shunryu Suzuki: Beginner’s Mind – YouTube.

Psst, want some wisdom?

If you want wisdom, empty your heart of ignorance. If you want contentment, empty your heart of greed. If you want serenity, empty your heart of ill will.


Source: (1) Tao & Zen

Patience in a moment of anger

Shihan Essence

Mingyur Rinpoche: What Meditation Really Is (5:09)

 The Tibetan teacher Mingyur Rinpoche explains that meditation is the best way to train our ‘crazy monkey mind’.

Mingyur Rinpoche:  Train Your Monkey Mind (1:50)

 Mingyur Rinpoche Explains how to train Our Monkey Mind, and how we can meditate everywhere and anytime.

Combinations of Mind and Matter

Source: Combinations of Mind and Matter | Great Middle Way



And what is namarupa, name-and-form?

Feeling, perception, intention, contact, and attention —these are called “nama”.

The four great elemental states (solidity, liquidity, radiance, and volatility) and the forms dependent on the four great elemental states —these are called “rupa”.

This name and this form are called namarupa.

Buddha Shakyamuni, Samyutta Nikaya

Life is the co-existence of mind (nama) and matter (rupa). Decay is the lack of co-ordination of mind and matter. Death is the separation of mind and matter.

Rebirth is the recombination of mind and matter. After the passing away of the physical body (matter), the mental forces (mind) recombine and assume a new combination in a different material form and condition another existence.

— Venerable K. Sri Dhammananda Maha Thera

Chiyono’s bucket

With this and that I tried to keep the bucket together,

and then the bottom fell out.

Where water does not collect

the moon does not dwell.


Mugai Nyodai (1223 – 1298 CE) was the first Zen abbess and the first female Zen master in the world.



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