Shoshin (初心) is a word from Zen Buddhism meaning "beginner's mind." It refers to having an attitude of openness, eagerness, and lack of preconceptions when studying a subject, even when studying at an advanced level, just as a beginner would. The term is especially used in the study of Zen Buddhism and Japanese martial arts.[1]

The phrase is also discussed in the book Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind by Shunryu Suzuki, a Zen teacher. Suzuki outlines the framework behind shoshin, noting "in the beginner's mind there are many possibilities, in the expert's mind there are few."[2]

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  1. ^ Shoshin sur Encyclopédie technique, historique, biographique et culturelle des arts martiaux, 2004.
  2. ^ Suzuki, Shunryu (1970). Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind. p. 21. ISBN 9780834800793.