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🖥Zen Mind Readings – Part II

September 11, 2022
October 23, 2022
Crestone Mountain Zen Center, East Dreamway, Crestone, CO, USA   View map
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$20 - $40 per talk


“During that time in Japan, preparing the manuscript for publication I think I read through it 56 times. I wanted to create something with Suzuki Roshi that would reflect his presence and his open, committed way of practicing with us.” 
– Zentatsu Richard Baker Roshi on the making of the book “Zen Mind, Beginner Mind”.


When the young Richard Baker left for Kyoto in 1969 with his wife and daughter, he could not have guessed that a manuscript with transcriptions of the lectures of his teacher, Shunryu Suzuki Roshi, would become a worldwide success in Zen literature. Richard was to turn the transcripts into a book. For him, the manuscript was primarily an opportunity to explore Zen practice with his teacher, Suzuki Roshi, and with his Dharma friend and fellow practitioner, Trudy Dixon. Trudy Dixon became co-editor of the manuscript along with Richard Baker. They worked on it together in California for a year. Richard then took the manuscript to Japan, and completed the work during his first year there.

The book was published in 1971, shortly before Shunryu Suzuki’s death – and became a worldwide success in the years that followed. For many people, this book provided an introduction to Zen practice. More than three million copies have been sold in the United States alone.

Shunryu Suzuki Roshi (1905 – 1971) came to the United States in 1958 and is considered one of the pioneers of Zen practice in the western world. He founded the San Francisco Zen Center in 1959 (incorporated in 1962) and in 1967 the Tassajara Zen Mountain Center, the first Zen monastery in the West. In 1968 Suzuki Roshi asked his disciple Zentatsu Richard Baker to become his Dharma successor. In 1971 he made him roshi and second abbot of the San Francisco Zen Center and the Tassajara Mountain Zen Center.

In the zen mind Readings Zentatsu Baker Roshi reads and comments on the book and teachings of Suzuki Roshi from 9/11 onwards. After each reading there is an opportunity for questions and answers. Tatsudo Nicole Baden Roshi will translate the event into German.
The following teaser shows clips of the last Zen Mind Readings Event at the Crestone Mountain Zen Center in February/March 2022. This time the event will take place at the ZBZS in the black forest, Germany.



“The first time I met Suzuki Roshi, it was quite by accident that I went to a lecture he was giving in San Francisco. What struck me the most was that I could see that it ‘was’ him, what he’s talking about.”

“I don’t know if I can convey what Suzuki Roshi really meant and what he wanted to say when he gave these lectures when I read this out now, but I’ll just start with it now…”
– Zentatsu Baker Roshi


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Sunday September 11, 8AM MDT – Posture
Sunday September 18, 8AM MDT – Breathing
Sunday September 25, 8AM MDT – Control
Sunday October 2, 8AM MDT – Mind Waves
Sunday October 9, 8AM MDT – Mind Weeds
Sunday October 16, 8AM MDT – The Marrow of Zen
Sunday October 23, 8AM MDT – No Dualism