haikaiTALKS: Japanese aesthetics - shoshin - a saturday gathering_under the banyan tree
host: Kala Ramesh
11th November 2023
Japanese aesthetics: Shoshin - beginners's mind
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.
As adults our prior knowledge blocks us from seeing things anew. To quote zen master Shunryo Suzuki, “In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s there are few.”
How much more appropriate can it become in haikai writing! Another exciting week ahead!!
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First post: You search and find a haiku that has shoshin - beginners's mind.
You'll give your reason/s why you think it has this aesthetic nuance. Second post: This will be your first haiku with shoshin
Third post: This will be your second haiku with shoshin
Please give your feedback on others' commentary and poems too. _()_
Have fun! Keep writing and commenting!