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Philosophy Critical Book Review Zen Mind Beginners Mind For my critical book review I chose to read Zen Mind Beginners Mind by Shunryu Suzuki Suzuki was a direct spiritual descendant of the great thirteenth-century Zen master Dogen Suzuki was already a deeply respected Zen master in Japan when he came to America in 1958 intending on a short visit He was very impressed by the seriousness he found among Americans interested in Zen that he became a permanent resident in San Francisco His following became so large that it expanded into three major locations including Zen Mountain Center the first Zen training center outside of Asia He died at the Zen Center in December 1971 a year after this book was published I chose this book because Zen meditation is something that has interested me for a few years after learning briefly about it in high school Zen is something that I hope to try in the near future possibly after I visit a Zen Center when Im in California this summer However after reading this book I have learned that Zen is not really something which you are supposed to try at youre just supposed to do it and not think about it Zen Mind is composed of three major sections with many sub-categories in each section to explain the theme Part 1 is entitled Right Practice In this section zazen is explained to the reader Zazen is the name for seated meditation Part 1 was my favorite section There are many interesting ideas and explanations found here In this section Suzuki explains Right Practice through talks on posture breathing control mind waves mind weeds the marrow of zen no dualism bowing and nothing special Correct posture is explained describing full lotus position Full lotus position is when your left foot is on your right thigh and your right foot is on your left
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