Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind
by Shunryu Suzuki

Shunryu Suzuki’s “Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind” is the definitive classic of modern Zen literature. It is one of, if not the, most popular books of Zen teachings in the West.

Prior to 1959, Zen had a limited but growing following in the United States — garnered mainly through the writings of Alan Watts and the Beat Generation. When Suzuki Roshi arrived in America and began his now-famous dharma talks (teishos) in San Francisco, the popularity of his teachings quickly spread.

With the establishment of the San Francisco Zen Center and the Tassajara Zen Mountain Center nearby, the teachings of Shunryu Suzuki and Zen Buddhism became firmly established.

A collection of his most inspiring talks were compiled into book form and first published in 1970. It became, and remains, a definitive classic. I am not alone in declaring “Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind,” a must-read.

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