In the beginner's mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert's there are few
Shunryu Suzuki (1904-1971) was one of the most influential spiritual teachers of the twentieth century and is truly a founding father of Zen in America. A Japanese priest of the Soto lineage, he taught in the United States from 1959 until his death. He was the founder of the San Francisco Zen Center and the Tassajara Zen Mountain Center. He is the author of Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind and Branching Streams Flow in the Darkness- Zen Talks on the Sandokai, and he is the subject of the biography Crooked Cucumber by David Chadwick.
"[This] is a different book every time I read it. Behind the simplicity, it is dense with Zen wisdom that flashes like lightning as you read and reread."--Jon Lebkowskyl, Millennium Whole Earth Catalog
"One of the best and most succinct introductions to Zen practice."--Library Journal "One of the top five Buddhist books, ever."--Elephant