Shunryu Suzuki first realized he was poor when he went to school. His family lived in a small city, about 50 miles southwest of Tokyo where his father was the village priest.
He was smaller than classmates and he had a shaved head. Suzuki was picked on for the way he looked and for being the son of a priest.
At age 12 he decided to train in zen practice and he moved away from home to study with one of his father’s disciples.
Each morning at 4:00 a.m. he arose for zazen or sitting meditation. He chanted sutras and cleaned the temple with the others. In the evening it was back to zazen, and so was his practice day after day after day.
Suzuki spent decades meditating and studying, and in time the small, awkward, forgetful child became Soto Zen Monk Shunryu Suzuki, founder of the San Francisco Zen Center and author of Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind, one of the most recommended books on Zen practice in the Western World.
His life and teachings would transform Buddhism in the U.S. and influence healers and therapists like Dr. Ronald Alexander, Director of the OpenMind Training Institute.
Dr. Alexander explores the neuroscience of the mindful brain and discusses moods, contentment and happiness from both the Western and Buddhist Perspectives.
A leading pioneer in the fields of Mindfulness Based Mind-Body Therapies since the 1970’s, he teaches healers and counselors a 3-step process for the science and art of transformation.
Step One: Accessing Your Core Creativity. Get your ordinary, everyday ego mind out of the way through entering a receptive state of open mind. Once in that state you can directly begin to receive important and valuable information from your unconscious.
Step Two: Addressing Your Resistance. What causes you to be immobilized or to procrastinate or to become frozen out of fear or anxiety moving forward? Identifying and addressing resistance is key.
Step Three: Creating a Council of Support. A council of support is your invention and design of picking key, strategic people who are going to confront you, reflect to you, cultivate you and help to shape you so that you can move from where you are to where you want to be. They will help you go from the present state to the future state.
Dr. Alexander’s approach of Wise Mind Open Mind will take you into a meditative state where you can slow the mind down and receive the early images that start to formulate the new vision for your life on a professional and physical level.