Shunryu Suzuki (1904–1971) was a Japanese Soto Zen monk and teacher. He is widely credited with popularizing Zen Buddhist teachings in the United States, especially through his book Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind, which is still considered a standard introduction to the tradition.
"In the beginner's mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert's there are few." So begins this most beloved of all American Zen books. Seldom has such a small handful of words provided a teaching as rich as has this famous opening line of Shunryu Suzuki's classic.
When you can sit with your whole body and mind, and with the oneness of your mind and body under the control of the universal mind, you can easily attain this kind of right understanding. Your everyday life will be renewed without being attached to an old erroneous interpretation of life.
Shunryu Suzuki Roshi (1904 - 1971) a Japanese Zen priest belonging to the Soto lineage, came to San Francisco in 1959 at the age of 55. He was impressed by the seriousness and quality of "beginner's mind" among Americans he met who were interested in Zen and decided to settle here.