- an archival site on the life and world of Shunryu Suzuki and those who knew him and anything else DC feels like - originally a site for Crooked Cucumber: the Life and Zen Teaching of Shunryu Suzuki

Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind at Forty   - annotated version       go to zmbm main cuke page


Go to Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind at Fifty - annotated version
a new improved version of the piece below




Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind at Forty- edited version as in book - without notes

This is an afterword written by DC for the 40th anniversary issue of ZMBM
This page going up on 10-10-10. Additions and changes have been made now and then. Many in March of 2015. - DC


Sources for the quotes in this article, notes, and extensive elaboration can be found at

That's right. And this is the next to last elaboration.

“Shunryu Suzuki” is reprinted from Wandering Border (1987) by permission of Copper Canyon Press.

This permission isn't mentioned in the article but at the front of the book on the copyright info page.
For various assistance in doing this article, thanks to Richard Baker, Rachael Boughton, Kelly Chadwick, Mike Dixon, Silas Hoadley, Michael Katz, Genine Lentine, Mark Lewis, Katrinka McKay, John Nelson, Bill Redican, Paul Rosenblum, Peter Schneider, John Tarrant, Steve Tipton, Peter Turner at Shambhala Publications, Dan Welch, Michael Wenger, and ... can't think of anyone else right now. Please remind me. - DC 


See Remarks on ZMBM at Forty from Victor Sergeyev (with DC responses) - Other points to cover

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