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
Preface and chapter named
Source Lectures for ZMBM can be found at:shunryu suzuki dot com on the
ZMBM page which has a
useful chart and links to source lectures,
Marian Derby's minimally edited first draft, first lines from original -
Search Form under Book, select ZMBM or go to the Shunryu
Suzuki Lecture Compact List to access the original lectures ZMBM was based
on. They're marked in the second column with a little ZM and the page number.
Derby's original manuscript that led to ZMBM - minimally edited versions -
also linked to from the
a zmbm early history
Marian Derby page
PDF of part one of an
early draft of "Beginner's Mind: Informal Talks on Zen Meditation
[before the final name - Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind] - by Shunryu Suzuki
Roshi. Editors: Richard Baker, Marian Derby, Gertrude Dixon."
[Now reduced in size with OCR thanks to Peter Ford]
- Sent to DC by Ted Hensold after Daya
Goldschlag's noble scanning. It surely means it
dates back to when Daya (Dianne) and I were together and married
[68-73-76]. I don't remember it but that doesn't mean anything. I think
the order of the editor's names may be alphabetical. It's most
interesting that Marian's name is there because I have thought of Trudy
as having started her initial work on new transcripts made from the
tapes. This makes me think that either Marian's transcripts were
referred to or that her essential role in making the book is being
honored by the inclusion
of her name as an editor - I'll bet Trudy wrote who the editors were.
Eventually only Trudy was named as an editor. This was Richard Baker's
choice at the time, a choice I think he sort of regrets though it's no
I think this file is going to have to be broken up to be
useful. It's too big, slow loading. If it's too hard for you think of
this as a "coming soon" announcement. Will get to that ASAP. And part
two coming soon too - whe Daya sends it. - dc
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
Suzuki books page on cuke.com
Read the original Beginner's Mind lecture and the edited version, the Prologue from ZMBM ,
also from ZMBM, the
Preface and chapter named
3-13-09 - ZMBM at Thirty-eight and Counting. This is the unedited version of an article
written by DC for the fall 2008, 25th anniversary, issue of Inquiring Mind for their
Dharma Treasure series]
ZMBM in Crooked Cucumber
Earliest Shunryu Suzuki Lectures
the ZMBM manuscript -
Tom Cabarga sends this about
his father translating Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind into Spanish
10-23-12 - ZMBM in Esperanto discussion
12-17-12 - Flint Sparks is a Zen teacher in Austin who sent a note about
teaching from Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind in France.
Here it is.
1-07-12 - Jon Katz is a criminal defense attorney in Maryland and has
this bit on Buddhism and Shunryu Suzuki's 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