Quotes From "Zen Mind Beginners Mind: Informal Talks On Zen Meditation And Practice" By Shunryu Suzuki

In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s there are few Shunryu Suzuki
While you are continuing this practice, week after week, year after year, your experience will become deeper and deeper, and your experience will cover everything you do in your everyday life. The most important thing is to forget all gaining ideas, all dualistic ideas. In other words, just practice zazen in a certain posture. Do not think about anything. Just remain on your cushion without expecting anything. Then eventually you will resume your own true nature. That is to say, your own true nature resumes itself. . Shunryu Suzuki
To have some deep feeling about Buddhism is not the point; we just do what we should do, like eating supper and going to bed. This is Buddhism. Shunryu Suzuki
Those who are attached only to the result of their effort will not have any chance to appreciate it, because the result will never come. Shunryu Suzuki
When you listen to someone, you should give up all your preconceived ideas and your subjective opinions; you should just listen to him, just observe what his way is. We put very little emphasis on right and wrong or good and bad. We just see things as they are with him, and accept them. This is how we communicate with each other. Usually when you listen to some statement, you hear it as a kind of echo of yourself. You are actually listening to your own opinion. If it agrees with your opinion you may accept it, but if it does not, you will reject it or you may not even really hear it. . Shunryu Suzuki
True communication depends upon our being straightforward with one another... But the best way to communicate may be just to sit without saying anything. Shunryu Suzuki
A mind full of preconceived ideas, subjective intentions, or habits it not open to things as they are. Shunryu Suzuki
So without any intentional, fancy way of adjusting yourself, to express yourself freely as you are is the most important thing to make yourself happy, and to make others happy.. So we should be concentrated with our full mind and body on what we do; and we should be faithful, subjectively and objectively, to ourselves, and especially to our feelings.. it is better to express how you feel without any particular attachment or intention. Shunryu Suzuki
When we say something, our subjective intention or situation is always involved. So there is no perfect word; some distortion is always present in a statement. Shunryu Suzuki
We emphasize straightforwardness. You should be true to your feelings, and to your mind, expressing yourself without any reservations. This helps the listener to understand more easily. Shunryu Suzuki
The important thing in our understanding is to have a smooth, free-thinking way of observation. We have to think and to observe things without stagnation. We should accept things as they are without difficulty. Ou mind should be soft and open enough to understand things as they are. When our thinking is soft, it is called imperturbable thinking. This kind of thinking is always stable. It is called mindfulness. . Shunryu Suzuki
Treat every moment as your last. It is not preparation for something else. Shunryu Suzuki
When you do something, you should do it with your whole body and mind; you should be concentrated on what you do. You should do it completely, like a good bonfire. You should not be a smoky fire. You should burn yourself completely. If you do not burn yourself completely, a trace of yourself will be left in what you do. Shunryu Suzuki
The true purpose [of Zen] is to see things as they are, to observe things as they are, and to let everything go as it goes... Zen practice is to open up our small mind. Shunryu Suzuki
The best way to control people is to encourage them to be mischievous.. To give your sheep or cow a large, spacious meadow is the way to control him. So it is with people: first let them do what they want, and watch them.. To ignore them is not good; that is the worst policy. The second worst is trying to control them. The best one is to watch them, just to watch them, without trying to control them. Shunryu Suzuki
Zen is not some fancy, special art of living. Our teaching is just to live, always in reality, in its exact sense. To make our effort, moment after moment, is our way. In an exact sense, the only thing we actually can study in our life is that on which we are working in each moment. We cannot even study Buddha’s words.”-“ So we should be concentrated with our full mind and body on what we do; and we should be faithful, subjectively and objectively, to ourselves, and especially to our feelings. Even when you do not feel so well, it is better to express how you feel without any particular attachment or intention. So you may say, “Oh, I am sorry, I do not feel well. . Shunryu Suzuki
In our practice we have no particular purpose or goal, nor any special object of worship. Shunryu Suzuki
Zen is nothing to get excited about. Shunryu Suzuki
To live in the realm of Buddha nature means to die as a small being, moment after moment. Shunryu Suzuki
In your practice you should accept everything as it is, giving to each thing the same respect given to a Buddha. Shunryu Suzuki