For The Love Of Wisdom – Shunryū Suzuki – The Beginner’s Mind

Shunryū Suzuki (May 18, 1904 – December 4, 1971)

In Japan we have the phrase Shoshin which means “beginner’s mind.” The goal of the practice is to always keep the 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.