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.
Set Design:Sandy Suffield
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