Title: Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind
Author: Shunryu Suzuki
Length: 176 pages
Shortly after moving into the “new” area, I began searching for local Buddhist Temples to resume my study and practice. Surprisingly, I found a Zen Center in a nearby city and headed out to see if I felt comfortable there and to see if it seemed feasible for me to make the drive on a regular basis. While there, one of the teachers recommended that I read Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind in order to familiarize myself better with a branch of Buddhism that I know little about.
The sections are broken up into short lessons or talks by Shunryu Suzuki, a respected Zen Master who moved to the United States from Japan. I’m not going to sit here and pretend that it all made complete, crystal clear sense to me on my first read-through, but the parts that did felt like a breath of fresh air to read.
The most important teaching that I walked away with is presented at the very beginning and woven through each section and through to the end:
In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s there are few.
It is vital to always approach life with a beginner’s mind – check out this book to allow Suzuki to show you why. Whatever your faith may be, you will be able to take the lessons from Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind and apply them to your life.