Keeping Our "Beginner's Mind"
"In Japan we have the phrase 'shoshin,' which means 'beginner's mind.' The goal of practice is always to keep our beginner's 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. The most difficult thing is always to keep your beginner's mind."
Shunryu Suzuki Roshi
Photo: Snow patterns on Mills Lake, Rocky Mountain National Park, CO, January 1, 2015
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Stephen Hatch, M.A. is a spiritual teacher and photographer from Fort Collins, Colorado. His approach is contemplative, inter-spiritual, and Earth-based.