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Shoshin (初心) is a concept in 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 in that subject would. The term is especially used in the study of Zen Buddhism and martial arts.

The two major schools of Buddhism. I happen to subscribe to the Mahayana school which is the foundation for Zen Buddhism.

A Brief History of Buddhism

appliedbuddhism.com

English writer's much-reprinted late-1950s introduction to Zen Buddhism. Very clear.

Playful & innovative introduction to Zen Buddhism. Graphic, creative typography makes this fun to read.

Local activity: Kyudo - Meditation Archery Lessons

Local activity: Shambhala Meditation Center of Washington DC "Meditation in Everyday Life" (Sept. 10-Oct. 8)

Local activity: Shambhala Meditation Center of Washington DC "The Art of Being Human" (Sept. 29-30, 2012)

Local activity: Shambhala Meditation Center of Washington DC "Learn to Meditate Introductory Workshop"

Local activity: Shambhala Meditation Center of Washington DC Children's Program (1st Sunday of each month)