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Zen Is Right Here

Teaching Stories and Anecdotes of Shunryu Suzuki, Author of Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind
Hardcover Book
July, 2021
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Banyen's Description: 

In 1966 David Chadwick began Zen practice with Shunryu Suzuki, the Zen master whose words form the gristle of Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind, one of the most widely used books on Zen practice. Suzuki was a pioneer of Buddhism in America, founding San Francisco’s Zen Center, and inspiring a movement that continues today.

Now Chadwick has drawn on his friends and co-practitioners and brought together some touching and instructive memories of this great teacher.  Through these spontaneous, often humorous, and always unexpected exchanges, the reader can experience what it meant to practice Zen with Suzuki from day to day.

Chadwick quotes Suzuki:

We say, to shine one corner of the world—just one corner. If you shine one corner, then people around you will feel better. You will always feel as if you are carrying an umbrella to protect people from the heat or rain.

But this book is not just a collection of sweet reminiscences; it’s a living encounter with Suzuki Roshi’s Zen teaching. The wisdom presented in these stories is poignant, direct, humorous, and enlightening; and the stories’ real-life settings make them wonderfully accessible. Suzuki Roshi emphasized that the ungraspable spirit of Buddhism is what continues, while the expression of that spirit always changes. Each of the stories presented here is an example of our potential to attain enlightenment right now, in this very moment.

If you pay close attention, you can hear the tide turn. —Shunryu Suzuki

Also by Chadwick is Crooked Cucumber: The Life and Teaching of Shunryu Suzuki.


Publisher’s Description: 

Personal stories and anecdotes of the trailblazing Zen teacher Suzuki Roshi--now reissued in hardcover in tandem with the publication of the follow-up volume, Zen Is Right Now.

Shunryu Suzuki's extraordinary gift for conveying traditional Zen teachings using ordinary language is well known to the countless readers of Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind. In Zen Is Right Here, we experience an intimate encounter with his teachings through stories told about him by his students. These living encounters with Zen are poignant, direct, humorous, paradoxical, and enlightening; and their setting in real-life contexts makes them wonderfully accessible.
Like the Buddha himself, Suzuki Roshi gave profound teachings that were skillfully expressed for each moment, person, and situation he encountered. He emphasized that while the ungraspable essence of Buddhism is constant, the expression of that essence is always changing. Each of the stories presented here is an example of this versatile and timeless quality, showing that the potential for attaining enlightenment exists right here, right now, in this very moment.

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