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A powerful state of mind—or a paradox on the path to enlightenment?

Etymology: A combination of two Japanese characters: sho (“initial”) and shin (“mind”).

Meaning: For Zen Buddhists, the word shoshin (which in secular parlance means “innocence” or “inexperience”) refers to a beginner’s mind—a state of openness and wonder that allows a person to approach life unfettered by the preconceptions, biases or habits associated with knowledge and experience. Maintaining this condition through practices such as meditation is an essential step toward enlightenment.

  • Words:
    Debika Ray
  • Photography:
    Aaron Tilley
  • Set Design:
    Sandy Suffield

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  • Words:
    Debika Ray
  • Photography:
    Aaron Tilley
  • Set Design:
    Sandy Suffield
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