Skip to content

Book Club: Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind by Shunryu Suzuki

Photo of Peter Sarfaty
Hosted By
Peter S. and EddieL
Book Club: Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind by Shunryu Suzuki


Dear Dharma Drink Friends,

"The practice Zen Mind is beginners mind. The innocence of the first inquiry--what am I?--is needed throughout Zen practice. The mind of the beginner is empty, free of the habits of the expert, ready to accept, to doubt, and open to all the possibilities. It is the kind of mind to see things as they are, which step by step and in a flash, can realize the nature of everything." Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind.

Join us for a Dharma book discussion on Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind by Shunryu Suzuki. This Meetup encompasses the ENTIRETY of the book.
For this book club event, while we prefer that you've read the book, if you just didn't get to finish or barely started, you're welcome to join.

Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind is considered one of the most beloved of all American Zen books. Per "In the thirty years since its original publication, Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind has become one of the great modern Zen classics, much beloved, much re-read, and much recommended as the best first book to read on Zen. Suzuki Roshi presents the basics—from the details of posture and breathing in zazen to the perception of nonduality—in a way that is not only remarkably clear, but that also resonates with the joy of insight from the first to the last page. It's a book to come back to time and time again as an inspiration to practice."


  1. Amazon Link
  2. Shambhala Link
  3. Thriftbooks Link

NOTE: that we are here to read, exchange and help each other. We’re not here to expound. If you need deeper learning, please go visit a Buddhist teaching center. We will be adhering to the contents of the book. We will not have any inter-religious discussions. If you like to discuss any topics with anyone not pertaining to the book, we advise you to initiate a conversation with whomever on another zoom at another time, not during the book club discussion. Thank you for understanding.

Intro video to Dharma Book Club (of NY)

- - - About the Author

Lion's Roar: "Over a period of just twelve years, from his arrival in the United States in 1959 until his death in 1971, Shunryu Suzuki Roshi made a profound and enduring mark on the practice of Zen in the West. Through him, Americans came to know the approach of the Soto tradition, with its quiet emphasis on zazen and sitting as buddha, beyond goals. With his students, he founded San Francisco Zen Center and Tassajara Zen Mountain Center, one of the first Buddhist monasteries outside Asia. But with the publication of Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind, he established a conversation with the culture at large, one that continues to this day."

Photo of Dharma Drink: the hangout for Buddhists (& like minded) group
Dharma Drink: the hangout for Buddhists (& like minded)
See more events
8 spots left