• Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind

  • Informal Talks on Zen Meditation and Practice
  • By: Shunryu Suzuki
  • Narrated by: Peter Coyote
  • Length: 2 hrs and 58 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 03-01-16
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Phoenix Books
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.7 (532 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In the beginner's mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert's there are few. So begins this most beloved of all American Zen works. Seldom has such a small handful of words provided a teaching as rich as this famous opening line of Shunryu Suzuki's classic. In a single stroke, the simple sentence cuts through the pervasive tendency students have of getting so close to Zen as to completely miss what it's all about. An instant teaching in the first minutes. And that's just the beginning.
In the 30 years since its original publication, Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind has become one of the great modern Zen classics. Suzuki Roshi presents the basics in a way that is remarkably clear and resonates with the joy of insight. Listeners will refer to this audio time and time again as an inspiration to practice.
©1970 Shunryu Suzuki (P)1988, 2015 Audio Literature, Phoenix Books
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5 out of 5 stars
By Brian Robertson on 04-17-16

The best book on zen -- with another best!

Where does Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is, without a doubt, my number one most excellent book on zen. Add to that the remarkable presence of Peter Coyote who is reading it aloud.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind?

there are too many such moments by way of this or that sentence. Unpacking this book and its depth is not an intellectual exercise -- it is from the heart.

What does Peter Coyote bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The best matching of material to presentation that I know if in the audio book field. This is not a fact everybody has to believe. It is, instead, from my own point of view in terms of my admiration for the book itself carried over to a wonderful presentation. I am fairly sure that finding a more appropriate and sensitive reading simply couldn't be found.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, although as I mention above, hearing the book several times reveals more profound sentences that, at first pass, were like jewels left on the floor,

Any additional comments?

Grateful to Audible.com for making this available!!!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Jose Briseno on 04-03-17

Conscience Cleansing

Easy to follow narration. The message is not exactly clear at first, but wears right in like an old pair of shoes. This was another layer in the onion served up by Alan Watts. If you hate chores listen to this while doing them. You will find yourself looking for more things to do just to keep following along. If you've been meaning to take up walking or running, this is the perfect companion.

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5 out of 5 stars
By SJRod on 12-09-17


A complete explanation. Really enjoyed the reading and the explanations. Even if you are not a beginner you will gain a lot from this recording. Recommended

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5 out of 5 stars
By Davie on 03-27-17

Truly legendary!

Gets right to the point and tells the actual truth instead of feeding you belief systems. I will be listening t this again many more times. Narration was spot on and it's a short listen, meaning it's easy to get into. Please buy this book, it will change your life. One of the greatest audio books I've ever listened to.

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5 out of 5 stars
By pjhollow on 05-01-17

The Simplest and best Book on Zen I have read

I have listened to this book over half a dozen times, and I pick up on a subtle quote that I missed each time, if you are new to Zen in my belief this is written perfectly, exceptional listening

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1 out of 5 stars
By Belinda on 04-25-18

Not what I thought it would be

Would you try another book written by Shunryu Suzuki or narrated by Peter Coyote?

It's a difficult book to listen to and it may be because of the quality of the recording and also the narrator is very monotone.

What was most disappointing about Shunryu Suzuki’s story?

I can't even finish listening to it so it's not about Shunryu Suzuki's story but more the quality of the recording and narration.

Would you be willing to try another one of Peter Coyote’s performances?


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