Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind
Suzuki, Shunryu. Zen Mind, Beginner's
Mind: Informal Talks on Zen Meditation and Practice. Weatherhill,
1970. [The famous first book of Suzuki's lectures] Now
Shambhala in various forms under the Shambhala and Weatherhill names
(Shambhala bought Weatherhill).
anniversary issue cover
to the 40th anniversary issue of ZMBM.
ZMBM at 40 (the afterword
to the 40th anniversary issue of ZMBM by DC).
at 40 -
with notes and links and a few lines that were cut.
The Shambhala link to Shambhala books by Shunryu Suzuki which are editions of ZMBM and
Zen Is Right Here.
Shambhala Publications link.
Read the original Beginner's Mind lecture - the Prologue
From the Book
Preface - by Huston Smith
(Introduced with publication of the paperback)
Chapter from the book -
ZMBM Source Chart - with
links to original, edited, draft versions of the chapters/lectures - on
shunryu suzuki dot com
- Marian Derby's original manuscript that led to ZMBM - minimally edited
The story of how this was acquired
A newly discovered late draft for
ZMBM named Beginner's Mind with handwritten notes and a new lecture for the
archive. - posted 4-13-15
a zmbm early history
Marian Derby page
Comparing the original Zen
Mind, Beginner's Mind with
the 2000 edition which corrected a number of errors.
- posted 5-29-15
Errata for ZMBM
- posted 5-30-15
Qualitative and Quantitative Analyses for Mapping the Path of
Practice in ZMBM
- posted 5-23-15
Analysis of "Most Important" in ZMBM -
Beginner's Mind letter from Dean of Columbia College
8-30-15 - Suggestions for ZMBM
- Once again an insightful contribution from Victor Sergeyev with Gvido
Trepsa, from Secretary, PH Ligatma, publisher of ZMBM in Russian.
Remarks on ZMBM at 40 from Victor Sergeyev with comments by DC - in which Victor points out
inconsistancies and errors.
3-08-15 - Beginner's Mind - a Piano
Piece by Walter Zimmerman with words by him and Shunryu Suzuki
(taken from Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind)
Diamond Sangha Newsletter
1970 review of Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind
SFZC Board Notes excerpt.
Marian Derby and Dick Baker talk about publishing (Zen Mind) Beginner's
Mind book showing no disagreement, getting close to decision.
5-01-13 - Today
the missing text from the last page of Shunryu Suzuki lecture
67-01-12 which became the Mind Waves chapter of Zen Mind, Beginner's
Mind - with a link to the original transcript and the draft edited with
Trudy Dixon's (I think) handwritten notes which had the missing page.
Must make PDFs of all the material from the Los Altos
10-20-12 - JW decided to translate Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind
Go to shunryusuzuki.com
old 1979 translation called Shoshin-Zenshin [Beginner's Mind-Zen Mind]
(which never heard anything good about) published by Hakuba Shobo
new 2012 translation called Zen Maindo Biginaazu Maindo (Japanized
English title). This is published by Sangha which also published
Zen Is Right Here in March of this
year. This is an Amazon link and ZIRH Japanese version, Zen wa Ima Koko is
one of the suggested other books listed with cover.
Here's that Amazon link.
The new Japanese translation of Zen Mind Beginner's Mind.
The bottom part with Jobs on it is not part of the cover but a promotional
wrap that goes around the book.
Thanks to Richard Jaffe for sending this image with the
I just returned from Japan, where I picked up a few copies
of the new Japanese translation of Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind. Note the
"obi" on the book, which refers to the it as "the 'Zen Bible' loved by
Steven Jobs.". Nice marketing job, as books about Jobs and Apple are
extremely popular in the major Japanese bookstores these days.
I haven't been able to read it closely yet, but I hear it
is a much better translation than the earlier Japanese ones.
DC note: The title is not translated. It reads Zen Maindo
Beginaazu Maindo - their way of saying Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind.
Jaffe says the rest means: "Translated in more than 24 countries
worldwide. This introduction to Zen is a memorial of Suzuki Shunryu-, who
brought zazen to America."
At first I thought it was the cover and wrote "I'm not
sure what adjective to use - shameless? embarrassing? humorous? Way cool?"
But now Jaffe has explained that it's just something they stuck on the
book to promote it I forgive them. - dc