The Marrow of Zen

09 April 2017 5:33 AM
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This is one of the Suzuki Roshi's talks that I like most. It always encourages me to keep practicing :)

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Shunryu Suzuki is one of the most followed and read zen teachers. I'd recommend his work to anyone. There is a gentle, compassion to it, even when he is getting to the core of practice. Before I started zen practice, in my mind it was harsh and austere. I'm not sure where I'd picked that impression up from because it doesn't need to be that way at all. Gritty but compassionate has been my experience. Suzuki's book Beginner's Mind is well worth reading by beginners and non-beginners alike because it has something to say for both about non-overintellectualising practice. I really enjoyed reading Crooked Cucumber - a biography of him written by one of his students. A reminder that not even the great masters had life easy. Maybe even that out of great suffering can come great wisdom.

Another author much loved by zen people I know is Charlotte Joko Beck, especially her book Everyday Zen. It too feels both real and compassionate, recognising that practice amidst the turmoil of life can be tough but that it is because of that turmoil that we need to maintain our practice! If you are tempted there is a copy readable online here https://terebess.hu/zen/mesterek/Everyday-Zen.pdf Ezra Bayba - one of her successors has a similar style.
I think that both of those are applicable / useful to people practicing in other traditions too.

Bluemoon
Kokai (Sarah)
6 months ago
Your comment reminds me of the talk from Gil Fronsdal that I listened to recently, he said something like "In Zen you get compassioned".
I was just reading a few pages of Everyday Zen and it looks really good. Thanks!

niroxki
niroxki
6 months ago
Great! Hope some of it helps :)
Bluemoon
Kokai (Sarah)
6 months ago