Monday, November 27, 2023

Beginner's Mind

In Japan we have the phrase, "Shoshin," which means "beginner's mind."  Our "original mind" includes everything within itself.  It is always rich and sufficient within itself.  This does not mean a closed mind, but actually an empty mind and a ready mind.  If your mind is empty, it is always ready for anything.  It is open to everything.  In the beginner's mind there are many possibilities; in the expert's mind there are few.

-- Shunryu Suzuki (1904 - 1971), Sōtō Zen monk and teacher who helped popularize Zen Buddhism in the United States, Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind (1973)

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