As babies approach the world, everything is so sparkling and thrilling and different: the sound of their mother’s voice, the bright sunlight, the first glorious jump into a puddle, even the flicker of a TV. And despite the unequivocal newness of all that’s around them, how often their little faces seem to evoke the seasoned perception of an older soul.
Zen Baby reminds us how Zen-like an infant’s sense of wonder can be. Pairing more than fifty beautiful photographs of babies with gems of Zen wisdom from a variety of sources, we get a glimpse of what might be passing through their minds as they ponder new experiences. For example, a photograph of a lovely little girl nibbling a huge loaf of bread is matched with the saying “If you realize you have enough, you are truly rich.”
Beyond being stirred by their undeniable cuteness, we could even learn a thing or two from these little Buddhas. As Zen teaches, “In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s mind there are few.”
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Published September 24, 2002
by Clarkson Potter.
Religion & Spirituality, Parenting & Relationships.