Shunryu Suzuki Roshi

Shunryu Suzuki Roshi (1904-1971) was a Soto Zen monk and teacher who helped popularize Zen Buddhism in the United States, and is renowned for founding the first Buddhist monastery outside Asia, Tassajara Zen Mountain Center, and founding the San Francisco Zen Center. A book of his teachings, Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind, is one of the most popular books on Zen and Buddhism in the West.
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Meditation Meditation

Small Mind, Big Mind

Thoughts in the mind are like waves in the ocean: you can never fully stop them from arising, explains Zen master Shunryu Suzuki.

By Shunryu Suzuki Roshi

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MeditationMagazine | On Practice


When we practice zazen our mind always follows our breathing. When we inhale, the air comes into the inner world. When we exhale, the air goes out to the outer world. The inner world is limitless,…

By Shunryu Suzuki Roshi

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