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haikaiTALKS: a saturday gathering! 18th november - Shoshin - beginners' mind

haikaiTALKS: Japanese aesthetics - shoshin - a saturday gathering_under the banyan tree


host: Kala Ramesh

18th November 2023


Japanese aesthetics: Shoshin - beginners' mind

Shoshin (初心) is a word from Zen Buddhism meaning "beginners' 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 be in haikai writing? Another exciting week ahead!!

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From Keiko's post:


Dear haikaiTALKS friends,

These definitions quoted from various sites are the most prevailing ideas of shoshin:

⚫︎beginner’s resolution with humility

⚫︎first thought

⚫︎initial ambition

⚫︎original intention/ purpose

⚫︎naïve feeling when first conceived


In the Japanese people’s conversations it’s often said “don’t forget your shoshin(beginner’s mind with humility)” or “reconnect with your shoshin(original purpose), since shoshin is forgotten or lost as we grow older.

Hope this could further your understanding of shoshin…

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First post: optional You search and find a haiku that has shoshin - beginners' 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!

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how did

that ship get inside it?

sea glass bottle


Linda Papanicolaou, US

#2 11/24/23

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Kala Ramesh
Kala Ramesh
Nov 24, 2023
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Absolutely lovely!

I've always wondered the same.


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Interesting discussion between Keiko and Kala, though I have still not internalized it. May we do Shoshsin for one more week?

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Kala Ramesh
Kala Ramesh
Nov 24, 2023
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Oh!

Linda.

I've always scheduled the next one.

So after Fuga no makoto (two weeks), shall we come back to Shoshin?

Okay?

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Kala Ramesh
Kala Ramesh
Nov 23, 2023

SHOSHIN - the beginner's mind


"In the beginner's mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert's there are few."

Shunryu Suzuki


So begins this most beloved of all American Zen books. Seldom has such a small handful of words provided a teaching as rich as this famous opening line. In a single stroke, the simple sentence cuts through the pervasive tendency students have to get so close to Zen as to completely miss what it's all about. An instant teaching on the first page. And that's just the beginning.


In the forty years since its original publication, Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind has become one of the great modern spiritual classics, much beloved, much reread, and much recommended as the…


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Keiko Izawa
Keiko Izawa
Nov 25, 2023
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❤️❤️🙏

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lakshmi iyer
lakshmi iyer
Nov 23, 2023

#3


full moon rise . . .

i hurriedly pick up the shells

before the bigger wave


Lakshmi Iyer, India

feedback please

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Keiko Izawa
Keiko Izawa
Nov 25, 2023
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Thank you, Lakshmi!

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Bonnie J Scherer
Bonnie J Scherer
Nov 23, 2023

22/11/2023 #3


jumping rope

the view

from my dad’s shoulders


Bonnie J Scherer

USA

feedback welcome 🙂

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Keiko Izawa
Keiko Izawa
Nov 23, 2023
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Kala,

Please read my comment in Marilyn’s thread below.

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