Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind: Informal Talks on Zen Meditation and Practice - Chapters 10 - 23 Summary & Analysis

Shunryu Suzuki
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In the talk titled “Single-Minded Way,” Suzuki tells the Los Altos group that it is important to have appreciation for their life and practice since both human life and zazen practice are very unusual. He states that everything they do is not preparation for something else, but is part of the practice. He describes the Bodhisattva’s way as the, “single-minded way” (38). He makes the analogy of a railway track. Sincerity is the track with no beginning, no end, and no goal. Becoming curious about the track can lead to danger. He explains that the way is beyond intellectual understanding; there is no need to understand. Each person already has full understanding within oneself.

In the talk titled “Repetition,” Suzuki describes how Indian thought emphasized asceticism because people thought the physical part of a human being was bound to the spiritual. The spiritual...

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