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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.

The dance of life

Source: ZEN Daily Quotes

Moon shadow

Source: Meditation Masters

Knowing our darkness

“Only when we know our own darkness well can we be present with the darkness of others. Compassion becomes real when we recognize our shared humanity. If we learn to open our hearts, anyone, including the people who drive us crazy, can be our teacher.”
― Pema Chödrön

Source: Tao & Zen

If you don’t understand right now, you’ll pass through countless eons more

 “The concerns that have come down from numberless ages are only in the present; if you can understand them right now, then the concerns of numberless ages will instantly disperse, like tiles being scattered or ice melting. If you don’t understand right now, you’ll pass through countless eons more, and it’ll still be just as it is.”

~Ta Hui~

Source: Tao & Zen

Go Forth!

Source: Go Forth! | Great Middle Way


Aug 26, 2016

11825695_1479261982388318_6246008015378550263_nGo forth, for the good of the many,

for the happiness of the many,

out of compassion for the world,

for the benefit, for the welfare,

for the gladness of holy and ordinary beings.

Let each of us go a different way

to share the Dharma that is beautiful in the beginning,

beautiful in the middle, and beautiful in the end.

Let us declare the holy life in its purity,

completely, both in word and in deed.

—Buddha Shakyamuni, Mahavagga, Vinaya Pitaka

When Our Loved Ones Die

grief3The true reason that we grieve for them is not that they have died, but rather that we miss their presence in our lives, and what they shared with us. If we truly grieved death, we would grieve for all who die, and yet we only grieve for our loved ones.

At these times, the mind tends to focus on our “loss”, but it is truly the experiential “gain” our loved ones brought to us that makes us miss them. However, no one can take that away from us. It is part of us, forever stored in our consciousness, life after life.

We can then turn our attention from our grief to the wellbeing of our departed loved ones, reciting prayers for them, as well as performing virtuous acts and dedicating the merit to them.

We can perform acts of generosity, rescue lives (for example, sponsoring human refugees, or animals at a sanctuary), recite mantras (om amideva hrih), or sponsor Dharma activities (publications, teachings, retreats, etc.).

That they are no longer with us in this realm cannot stop us from being their true friends.

Using the mind to seek the Dharma



When people of the world hear it said that the Buddhas transmit the Doctrine of the Mind, they suppose that there is something to be attained or realized apart from Mind; thereupon they use not knowing that Mind and the object of their search are one.

Huang po

~ artist: Liao Pei — with Luna Estela and Alfonso Aldunate Salazar.

Source: (28) Zen, Tao, Chan


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