Zen Mind, Beginners Mind - A Class on Zen Buddhism

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Dharma Bum Temple, 4144 Campus Ave., San Diego, CA 92103

Join us every Saturday at 2pm to explore the nature of your own mind. This class will be offered for eight weeks. You are welcome to drop in any week, but we encourage you to commit to the eight weeks if you can make it. If you have missed any of the first few classes, you are still welcome to show up!

"In the beginner's mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert's there are few." - Shunryu Suzuki

So begins this most beloved of all American Zen books. Seldom has such a small handful of words provided a teaching as rich as has this famous opening line. 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 on the first page. And that's just the beginning.

In the forty years since its original publication, Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind has become one of the great modern spiritual classics, much beloved, much reread, 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.

Class will be led by Ken Small, long time Zen practitioner. Class is of course free and all are welcome!

Books available at the Dharma Bum Temple Gift Shop.