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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Magazine Meditation & Practice

Breathing

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, and the outer world is also limitless. We say “inner world” or “outer world,” but actually there is just […]

By Shunryu Suzuki Roshi

Magazine Meditation & Practice

Breathing

What we call “I” is just a swinging door which moves when we inhale and when we exhale. 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, and […]

By Shunryu Suzuki Roshi
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