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The most difficult thing is always to keep your beginner’s mind

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“The most difficult thing is always to keep your beginner’s mind. There is no need to have a deep understanding of Zen. Even though you read much Zen literature, you must read each sentence with a fresh mind. You should not say, “I know what Zen is,” or “I have attained enlightenment.” This is also the real secret of the arts: always be a beginner. Be very very careful about this point. Treat every moment as your last. It is not preparation for something else. If you start to practice zazen (meditation), you will begin to appreciate your beginner’s mind. It is the secret of Zen practice. In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s there are few.”

~Shunryu Suzuki~
Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind

Tao & Zen

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