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The Zen Doctrine of No Mind Paperback – August 1, 1991
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In the opening paragraph of the book, Suzuki pays the highest tribute he can to Hui-neng by comparing the effect that his legacy had on the tradition of Zen as second only to that of its founder, Bodhidharma: "Without Hui-neng and his immediate disciples, Zen might never have developed as it did in the early T'ang period of Chinese history." He then goes on to praise the work attributed to Hui-neng, the Platform Sermons of the Sixth Patriarch, as an important addition to the Zen tradition overall, saying that: "It was through this work that Bodhi-Dharma's office as the first proclaimer of Zen thought in China came to be properly defined.Read more ›
Suzuki Roshi quotes Shen Hui often. Shen Hui was one of the leading disciples of Hui Neng. Shen Hui said "tan chien wu" just see into nothingness. for buddhism 'nothing' is required, 'nothing' is needed, 'nothing' is missing. this is like saying all you need to do is "just breathe", or "just be", or "just live". nothing is required. nothingness is required. but this is only a stage. tan chien wu must be dropped. dropping off body, dropping off mind. at the stage of nothingness one has relinquished all things except for nothing. if one holds onto nothing, one holds onto everything... drop it all! "just nothing" is still an attachment.
for me the groundbreaking quote that Suzuki Roshi uses is that of the National Teacher - Hui Chung. Hui Chung says clearly that there is "no name whatsoever for it". it is nameless. It is formless, it is not even formless. words just will not do, they cannot express the fundamental. which is not any thing to be expressed whatsoever. another zen worthy said... "relying on a name is like a donkey attached to a pole for eons." one must go beyond words and names to experience this state which is not any kind of state.Read more ›
The classic conundrum for human beings is -- seeing and understanding "the simple things". We create meandering pathways in our minds and attach emotions to these thoughts -- then we attach feelings to those thoughts -- we follow the thoughts and feelings believing that what we think is reality itself. Thinking is not the same as reality!
Three sentences from this extraordinairy book illustrate my point. "As the attainment of the Tao does not involve a continuous movement from error to truth, from ignorance to enlightenment, from 'mayori' to 'satori', the Zen masters all proclaim there is no enlightenment whatsoever, which you can claim to have attained." [p.53] "The doctrine of the Unconcsious as expounded here is, psychologically translated, that of absolute passivity or absolute obedience. It may also be translated as the teaching of humility." [p.67] This should serve to whet the appetite of those who are on the road to self-discovery ... for anyone else the book is useless. Erika Borsos (erikab93)(revised)
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I have enjoyed reading this book. Well written, no nonsense. It is written in a such way, that even the lay person can understand, eastern vs western mind.Published 12 months ago by Lancellote
This Book.. Oh how Inconceivably Relevant. If your Destiny is to Study Consciousness, this has the answers that can get you to Insights & Miracles that are Transcendental Existence... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Lawrence W. Hawman
D.T. Suzuki's enduring contribution to Zen Buddhism in the West cannot be emphasized strongly enough. Like Marpa the Translator to the Tibetans, D. T. Read morePublished 16 months ago by mukunda777
Excellent! Very informative and inspirational. I use it as a reference…it is the kind of book that one can read and reread many times and still gain additional insight.Published 18 months ago by Khong Triet
This is not a book for beginners. I found it hard to understand and not very practical to everyday life. Read morePublished 22 months ago by islandgma
No Mind is an attempt to debunk or reverse the belief that the Zen experience is obtained by the practice of meditation, or any practice, that you start and then stop before you go... Read morePublished 24 months ago by Joe Mc Swiney
I loved this,or I love it since I am still reading. Suzuki is a real master. This book is quite an experience.Published on August 3, 2013 by penelope truex