Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind

Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind

First edition cover.
Author Shunryu Suzuki
Trudy Dixon and Richard Baker (editors)
Country United States
Language English
Genre Zen Buddhism/Meditation
Published 1970 (Weatherhill, New York; Tokyo)
Media type Print (Paperback)
Pages 132
ISBN 0-8348-0079-9
OCLC 20674253
294.3/4435 22
LC Class BQ9288 .S994 2006

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.[1] Trudy Dixon and Richard Baker (Baker was Suzuki's successor) edited the talks by choosing those most relevant, arranging them into chapters.[1] According to some, it has become a spiritual classic,[1][2][3] helping readers to steer clear from the trappings of intellectualism.[4]

The book also exists as a 180-minute audiobook read by Peter Coyote and originally released on cassette by Audio Literature in March 1992.[5]

See also


  1. 1 2 3 Shunryu Suzuki (2011). Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind. Shambhala Publications. ISBN 978-1-59030-849-3.
  2. Reflections on Shunryu Suzuki's Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind
  3. Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind at San Francisco Zen Center
  4. Butler-Bowdon, Tom (2005). 50 Spiritual Classics: Timeless Wisdom from 50 Great Books of Inner Discovery, Enlightenment & Purpose. Nicholas Brealey Publishing. pp. 244–245. ISBN 1-85788-349-7.
  5. "Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind".

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