Beginner’s Mind: Zen Buddhism & Go - Brian Johnson

Beginner’s Mind: Zen Buddhism & Go

By Brian Johnson

  • Release Date: 2015-07-07
  • Genre: Buddhism


There are many metaphors for the game of Go, but this book is designed for both Go players and Buddhists who are interested in exploring how Buddhism and the game of Go inform and enrich one’s understanding of the other. As an electronic text, Beginner’s Mind: Zen Buddhism and Go is able to take full advantage of image galleries, animations, hyperlinks, built-in quizzes, and a user-friendly design layout to help readers gain clarity about the fascinating and complex parallels between these two. 

Organized into five chapters, the first deals with a short history of the origin story of Buddhism and the history of Zen Buddhism in Japan before going into detail about the basic rules and strategies of the game of Go. Chapters two, three, four, and five are organized around four major Buddhist concepts (Impermanence, Nothingness, Interconnectedness, and Non-attachment) with a special emphasis on how each of these connects to the game of Go.  

For further reading about Go strategy, please check out Beginner’s Mind: an Introduction to the Game of Go.

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