Sunday, 3 June 2018

In the beginner's mind there are many possibilities

Love the idea of the Beginner's Mind - a concept from Zen Buddhism that I have managed not to know about - ever.
It's the idea that coming to something with a completely open mind - like a beginner in other words -  allows so much potential and creativity.

To quote Wikipedia, as it seems to sum this up pretty well:
"It refers to having an attitude of openness, eagerness, and lack of preconceptions when
studying a subject, even when studying at an advanced level, just as a beginner would."
And also Shunryu Suzuki, a Zen teacher who has written a book about this:
"... in the beginner's mind there are many possibilities, in the expert's mind there are few."

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