Living New Earth Now: Breathing

This post contains three pages from the book “Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind” by Shunryu Suzuki. There is a lot said in this short chapter from Shunryu’s classic on zen that for me is directly relevant to living the new paradigm. As you can see, this new paradigm is not really so new to humanity as a whole and many sages throughout the ages have lived as the New Human. This time we live in is the Shift of the Ages because so many of us now understand the need to live this new way and have acquired the skills to do so. I read Shunryu’s instructions substituting the words “the new paradigm” where he says “zazen” or “Zen practice” etc. Reading it this way frees this understanding from a label like ‘Zen”, since it is actually universal in my understanding.

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Zen: Shunryu Suzuki

suzuki2I have been immersing myself in the teachings of this modern Zen master and have posted some of these already on this blog in the last week or so. Here is some information about Shunryu Suzuki-roshi which I feel will help the readers deepen their appreciation for his teachings. This post today and the short video (4:05) below of Shunryu Suzuki speaking to his students is preparation for a longer post I am working on and hope to publish tomorrow or Sunday. I can confirm that I gain more insights into such teachings when know more about the teacher and also have the opportunity to taste the flavor of their speech to their students. There is a kind of direct transmission that helps to unlock their written words even more. Therefore I warmly recommend that those interested in joining me to explore zen in this way take the time and watch the video below. Thank you! Continue reading