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Zen's “beginner's mind” is not “ignorant mind”
January 7th, 2013 (November 21st, 2013)
Zen's "beginner's mind" is not "ignorant mind"

A beginner pays attention, is eager to learn, does not delude himself that he 'knows' already… A beginner experiments to find out what works and what does not (and remembers these lessons to move further).

There is no contradiction between knowing a lot and having a beginner's mind: think beginner fighter-pilot, beginner composer or choreographer, or beginner in higher-mathematics (or higher-anything!)…

A beginner's minds relies on what it knows, unapologetically, but without letting knowledge obscure observation! It pays attention, is eager to learn, does not delude himself that it knows all that is to know, that it 'understood' already and knows what is, or that there's no need to listen further because it supposedly could guess what comes next…

Zen's "beginner's mind" is not "ignorant mind"


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