Japanese Essentials: SHOSHIN 初心 ~ beginner’s mind

All knowledge is built upon one foundation: perception.

“in the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, in the expert’s mind there are few.”

Shunryu Suzuki – Zen Mind, Begginer’s Mind

When natural neutral perception is distorted in any way, interfered with, suggested, imposed, imprinted, conditioned, ultimately learned, it leads to aberrant knowledge and destructive action.

In Zen Buddhism, Shoshin invites the recovery of fresh perception, untainted by worldly linguistic forms.

©️A. Garden, January, 2020