Shunryu Suzuki Roshi

Shunryu Suzuki Roshi

Shunryu Suzuki Roshi (1904-1971) came to the US from Japan in 1959 and founded San Francisco Zen Center. The author of Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind, his approach to teaching Soto Zen continues to have an immeasurable influence on Buddhism in the West.


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Ever Present

Five dharma teachers recall formative teachers of their own who have passed away, but in their ways, remain.

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“¡Fantasma hambriento, suelta a esta mujer!”

La sacerdotisa Zen Renshin Bunce cuenta la dramática historia de la ocasión en que realizó un exorcismo con éxito. La clave fue el respeto y la compasión, tanto por la mujer poseída como por los espíritus.

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Love Thy Haircutter?

After an infuriating trim, Renshin Bunce realizes meditation isn’t helping her overcome anger—or is it?

La sabiduría busca la sabiduría

En esta enseñanza de 1965 –tomada de los registros más antiguos de sus pláticas– Shunryu Suzuki Roshi explica lo que significa entender tu verdadera naturaleza.

Wisdom Seeks for Wisdom

In this teaching from 1965—taken from the oldest extant recording of his talks—Shunryu Suzuki Roshi explains what it means to understand your true nature.

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Wherever You Are, Enlightenment Is There

A talk by Shunryu Suzuki Roshi on enlightenment.

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Shikantaza is Understanding Emptiness

What is shikantaza? Suzuki Roshi, the great Zen teacher, says that it is the experience of receiving a "letter from emptiness"

The Lamp of Zazen

The point of zazen, says Shunryu Suzuki Roshi, is to live each moment in complete combustion, like a clean-burning kerosene lamp.

The Enduring Teachings of Suzuki Roshi

To mark the fiftieth anniversary of Shunryu Suzuki Roshi‘s Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind, we present two teachings from the book, alongside testimonials from Buddhist teachers.

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“Hungry Ghost, Let Go of This Woman!”

Zen priest Renshin Bunce tells the dramatic story of the time she performed a successful exorcism. The key was respect and compassion—for the haunted woman and the spirits

The True Dragon

If you are carving your own dragon, you will never see the real one. That’s why true zazen requires giving up your personal style of practice.

Things As It Is

Zen master Shunryu Suzuki Roshi on The Sandokai, which he calls "one of our most important teachings."

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Shunryu Suzuki explains how to practice zazen

Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind is the seminal work by San Francisco Zen Center founder Shunryu Suzuki Roshi. In this chapter alone he explains: how to practice zazen, the difference between small and big mind, and the true nature of thoughts.

Buddha Is Right Here

Buddhadharma presents two of Suzuki Roshi's talks that address the fundamental koan – the life we lead at this moment.