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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.

 

The sage has the sun and the moon by his side

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“The sage has the sun and the moon by his side. He grasps the universe under his arm. He blends everything into a harmonious whole, casts aside whatever is confused or obscured, and regards the humble as honorable. While the multitude toil, he seems to be stupid and non-discriminative. He blends the disparities of ten thousand years into one complete purity. All things are blended like this and mutually involve each other.”

Chuang Tzu

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Zen parable

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Yamaoka Tesshu, as a young student of Zen, visited one
master after another. He called upon Dokuon of Shokoku.
Desiring to show his attainment, he said: “The mind, Buddha,
and sentient beings, after all, do not exist. The true nature of
phenomena is emptiness. There is no realization, no delusion, no
sage, no mediocrity. There is no giving and nothing to be
received.”
Dokuon, who was smoking quietly, said nothing. Suddenly he
whacked Yamaoka with his bamboo pipe. This made the youth
quite angry.

“If nothing exists,” inquired Dokuon, “where did
this anger come from?”

-Zen Parable

 

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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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