Beginner’s Mind Talks

Shoshin (Japanese: 初心) is a concept from Zen Buddhism meaning beginner's mind. It refers to having an attitude of openness, eagerness, and lack of preconceptions when studying, even at an advanced level, just as a beginner would. The term is especially used in the study of Zen Buddhism and Japanese martial arts, and was popularized outside of Japan by Shunryū Suzuki's 1970 book Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind.

The practice of shoshin acts as a counter to the hubris and closed-mindedness often associated with thinking of oneself as an expert. This includes the Einstellung effect, where a person becomes so accustomed to a certain way of doing things that they do not consider or acknowledge new ideas or approaches. The word shoshin is a combination of sho (Japanese: 初), meaning "beginner" or "initial", and shin (Japanese: 心), meaning "mind".

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Our Practice is Expression of Our True Buddha-mind

Serial: SR-00067

Sesshin Lecture, No. 4
Tuesday Evening, August 4, 1970
San Francisco

Sesshin, Precepts, Beginner’s Mind, Precepts, Buddha Mind, Discrimination, Sutra,...
Aug 04 1970
City Center

Lotus Sutra, Lecture No. III-6

Serial: SF-06005

Third Lotus Sutra Series
Thursday Evening, October 30, 1969
Zen Mountain Center

Lotus Sutra, Beginner’s Mind, Politics, Interview, Concentration, Precepts, Freedom,...
Oct 30 1969
Series 3, Talk 6

At The End Of The Year We Clean Up Our House

Serial: SF-05970-B

Dec 1968 New Year Lecture

Beginner’s Mind, Dogen, Japan, New Year, Beginners, Transmission, Instruction, Priest...
Dec 29 1968


Serial: SF-05081

 ===== Awakening the Archive - Tape #22, by Shundo David Haye ===== 

In this second tape made by Dan Gourley at Tassajara in the summer of 1968,...

Beginner’s Mind, First Principle, Time, First Principle, Bodhidharma, Describe, Faith...
Jul 29 1968

Shosan Ceremony

Serial: SF-05985-A

Shosan Ceremony, Sesshin, Feb 1968

This ceremony is re-edited from the original cassette, with non-SR (Bishop Sumi) sections removed, and the speed...

Shosan, Sesshin, First Principle, Beginner’s Mind, First Principle, Lotus Sutra,...
Feb 1968

Our Pockets Are Full Of Treasure Right Now

Serial: 67-04-02

Sunday April 2, 1967
Tony Artino notes

“Our pockets are full of treasure right now.”

Dogen, Beginner’s Mind,
Apr 02 1967

Real Calmness Is In A Noisy Place

Serial: SF-05116-B

===== Awakening the Archive - Tape #12, by Shundo David Haye =====

This talk is another example of a track that was somehow overlooked for many years, while...

Sesshin, Shobogenzo, Beginner’s Mind, Beginners, Ego, Silence, Hate, Doubt
Mar 26 1966

Beginner's Mind

Serial: SF-05122

===== Awakening the Archive - Tape #1, by Shundo David Haye =====

When this particular, otherwise unremarkable, reel was photographed as part of Engage Wisdom’s...

Beginner’s Mind, Dogen, Precepts, Beginners, Precepts, Enemies, Posture
Nov 11 1965
Los Altos

We Have Finished Sesshin With Unusual Results

Serial: 65-10-16-B

October Sesshin Lecture
October 16, 1965 (Wind Bell, Nov.–Dec. 1965)

Late Afternoon Lecture:

Sesshin, Dogen, Baso, Beginner’s Mind,
Oct 16 1965

OLD - Untitled

Serial: SF-05081-A

Dan Gourley #1 68-06-00

Suzuki Roshi - Bodhidharma Painting and Lecture, summer 68

Beginner’s Mind, Doubt