An accessible and enjoyable introduction to Zen Buddhist practice???in a reader-friendly question-and-answer format???by two highly regarded teacher-writers.,The question-and-answer format makes this introduction to Zen especially easy to understand???and also to use as a reference, as you can easily look up just the question you had in mind. The esteemed Zen teacher Norman Fischer and his old friend and teaching colleague Susan Moon (both of them in the lineage of Shunryu Suzuki, author of Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind) give this collaborative effort a playful tone: Susan asks a question on our behalf, Norman answers it, and then Sue challenges him. By the time you get through their conversations, you’ll have a good basic education in Zen–not only the history, theory, and practice but also the contemporary issues, such as gender inequality, sexual ethics, and the tension between Asian traditions and the modern American reality.
“In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s there are few.”,So begins this most beloved of all American Zen books. Seldom has such a small handful of words provided a teaching as rich as has this famous opening line. In a single stroke, the simple sentence cuts through the pervasive tendency students have of getting so close to Zen as to completely miss what it’s all about. An instant teaching on the first page. And that’s just the beginning.,In the forty years since its original publication, Zen Mind, Beginner???s Mind has become one of the great modern spiritual classics, much beloved, much reread, and much recommended as the best first book to read on Zen. Suzuki Roshi presents the basics???from the details of posture and breathing in zazen to the perception of nonduality???in a way that is not only remarkably clear, but that also resonates with the joy of insight from the first to the last page.