cultivating a beginner’s mind in our practice

Thursday 4th March, 2010
by Alexandra

“For Zen students the most important thing is not to be dualistic. Our “original mind” contains everything within itself. It is always rich and sufficient within itself. You should not lose your self sufficient state of mind. This not means 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.”

from “Zen Mind, Beginner`s Mind”
by Shunryu Suzuki