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How to Cultivate Your Beginner’s Mind

BEGINNER’S MIND (SHOSHIN) is a term in Zen Buddhism that describes a mind that is eager, without preconceptions, and open to possibility. As the late Zen teacher Shunryu Suzuki Roshi famously said, “In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities. In the expert’s mind, there are few.”

One way to invoke beginner’s mind is to go back to the fundamentals of meditation practice, which are rooted in two essential questions: “What’s going on right now?” and “What is my practice in this situation?” You could spend a long time working on nothing but these two questions,

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