“In the Beginner’s Mind …

… there are many possibilities but in the expert’s there are a few”

~ Shunryu Suzuki


Shoshin (初心) is a concept in Zen Buddhism meaning “beginner’s mind”. Shoshin requires an attitude of openness, eagerness, and lack of preconceptions when perceiving or studying a subject, even when studying at an advanced level. Approaching the subject as a beginner permits new ways of perceiving and interacting with the subject material. This is very helpful when that subject is ‘you’, ‘your-self’, the other and the big Other, the world around you. That which you seek so determinedly might be right in front of you, where you have not yet ‘looked’.

Peace. Patience. Out.

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