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blueyes · 2020-01-29 · Original thread
This is similar to the idea of Beginner's Mind in Zen. Shunryu Suzuki wrote about it in this book:

Which influenced Steve Jobs, among others. It's a great read.

garyrob · 2019-08-16 · Original thread
I just want to share that I'm finding the practice of Zen meditation in the context of its overall philosophy to be profoundly helpful. I've read a substantial number of books on the subject. Books are only useful as pointers for how to practice; knowledge alone is useless in Zen. You have to practice, period. But the best books are useful as pointers for how to practice. And if anyone here is interested in exploring Zen, the single book that I feel does the best job of giving you what you need to really practice is "Opening the Hand of Thought: Foundations of Zen Buddhist Practice" by Kosho Uchiyama Roshi[1]. "Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind" [2] is also a wonderful book, and it's where I started. Its poetic manner of expression made me feel there was something there that I needed to explore. But the Uchiyama book just takes the cake for being very clear and down-to-earth, without watering down either the practice or the philosophy. After that it's helpful to read commentaries on writings by Dogen. And, ideally, sitting regularly with other folks in a Zen center is extremely helpful. Avoid overly simplistic beginner's Zen books. I can't recommend them because they seem to distort the essence in an attempt to make it seem as approachable as possible.



auslegung · 2018-09-16 · Original thread
I was recently given this list of books by some very skilled engineers who I trust

1. [The Pragmatic Programmer]( 2. Martin Fowler's [Refactoring Book]( 3. Kent Beck's [Test Driven Development: By Example]( 4. [Thinking in Systems: A Primer]( 5. [Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind: Informal Talks on Zen Meditation and Practice]( 6. [Pragmatic Thinking and Learning: Refactor Your Wetware](

zuzuleinen · 2018-05-11 · Original thread
If you like Alan Watts you might enjoy Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind: Informal Talks on Zen Meditation and Practice from Shunryu Suzuki.

Grab some Alan Watts tapes and read Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind (!
mrtron · 2010-01-18 · Original thread
I enjoyed

A well written combination biography + philosophy book on Zen.

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