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Shoshin (初心) is a concept in Zen Buddhism that is commonly translated as "beginner's mind". 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 in that subject would. The term is especially used in the study of Zen Buddhism and Japanese martial arts.[citation needed]

Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind

The concept of shoshin is the theme of the book Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind by the Zen teacher Shunryu Suzuki. In regards to the correct approach to Zen practice, he writes: "In the beginner's mind there are many possibilities, in the expert's mind there are few."[1]


  1. Suzuki, Shunryu. Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind. p. 21. ISBN 9780834800793. 

Further reading

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