Notable Books 48
- Published: Thursday, 14 January 2021 09:46
Two books in one go!
Zen mind, Beginner’s Mind, Shunryu Suzuki, edited by Trudy Dixon with a preface by Huston Smith and an introduction by Richard Baker Paperback. Many used copies.
Crooked Cucumber, The Life and Zen Teaching of Shunryu Suzuki Paperback, Illustrated. Many used copies.
We have just celebrated the 50th anniversary of the publication of Zen Mind Beginner's Mind (ZMBM). Since 1970 Shunryu Suzuki book has introduced thousands of Americans to the practice and teaching of Zen Buddhism. I am going to review this book along with the biographical account of Suzuki's life (Crooked Cucumber) thus combining it into one long review. Back in the late 70s, this book (ZMBM) was continually discussed at Olcott, the American Headquarters of the TS. I clearly remember at several meetings in that time frame discussing with some of the theosophical leaders ZMBM. It was a favorite along with Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Pirsig which I shall mention again at the end of this review.