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Lions Roar : January 2011
SHAMBHALA SUN jANUAry 2011 77 It is no accident that neither text was actually written by its author. As David Chadwick men- tions in his excellent afterword to the new fortieth anniversary edi- tion of Zen Mind, Begin- ner’s Mind, Suzuki Roshi, on seeing the first copies of his book remarked, “Looks like a good book. But I didn’t write it.” Both books are edited tran- scriptions of intimate talks given to committed students. In a very real sense, they are collabo- rations between teacher and students. Although both teachers were already experienced masters of their respective traditions, they were rediscovering those tra- ditions through their encounters with Western students, whose innocent preconceptions, however confused, in- spired the masters to new ways of seeing and expressing what they had long ago digested in another context. It is also quite significant that both teachers spoke the texts of their books directly in English. They were literally discovering a new idiom as they spoke. When Meditation in Action first appeared in 1969 (Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind following in 1970), there was al- ready a small but potent literature on Buddhism available in English. Alan Watts’ lively Zen books were bestsellers, and the lit- erary works of Philip Whalen, Gary Snyder, Allen Ginsberg, and Jack Kerouac made Buddhism culturally current. D.T. Suzuki’s works of Zen philosophy were enormously influential, and Philip Kapleau’s Three Pillars of Zen established that Westerners could practice Zen. Walter Evans-Wentz and Lama Govinda wrote of the magical side of Tibetan Buddhist culture. Yet all these works in one way or another assumed an “exotic wis- dom of the East” stance; none came out of an on-the-ground in- volvement with Western students practicing in the West. By 1969-70, both Suzuki Roshi and Trungpa Rinpoche were deeply engaged in Western practice centers. This made their books completely different from those that preceded them. They necessarily presented Bud- dhism as ordinary daily practice, rather than idealized doctrine, LIKE mAnY young Buddhist practitioners in the 1970s, I read these books again and again when they first ap- peared. Shunryu Suzuki’s Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind and Chögyam Trungpa’s Medita- tion in Action were not like anything I had read before. Suzuki Roshi and Trungpa Rinpoche were neither liter- ary magicians nor spiritual tricksters. Their teachings did not sound exotic or exciting. Instead, they spoke directly, in a no-frills way, about the liberating truths they had dis- covered in their own practice—and that we too could discover. Yet the truths they spoke of seemed essentially elusive. I read the books with the odd sense that I understood immediately what these great masters were talking about—yet, at the same time, that I was continually baffled. Though the experience of reading Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind and Meditation in Action may not be the same forty years later as it was then, both books have remained in print since their origi- nal publication. Both have continued to be read with a sense of discovery, decade after decade. Both are simple, brief, informal texts that express the first powerful blush of the transplantation of the Buddhist teachings in the West. The Birth of Western Dharma Review Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind By Shunryu Suzuki Fortieth Anniversary Edition Afterword by David Chadwick Shambhala Publications, 2010; 176 pp., $24.95 (cloth) Meditation in action By Chögyam Trungpa Fortieth Anniversary Edition Afterword by Samuel Bercholz Shambhala Publications, 2010; 128 pp., $14 (paper) Reviewed By NoRMAN FiScheR PhoToGRAPhERSunKnoWn.PhoTooFSuZuKIRoShICouRTESYoFALICEhASPRAY Zen teacher and poet NoRMAN FiScheR is founder of the everyday Zen Foundation. he served as abbot of the San Francisco Zen center from 1995 to 2000 and has written many books of prose and poetry. Shunryu Suzuki Roshi (above) and chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche (left) in the early 1970s.