Thursday, August 09, 2012
Thoughtful Thursday-Zen Mind
"In the beginner's mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert's there are few."
I'd been thinking about rereading Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind by Shunryu Suzuki for a while. I was first introduced to it in a weeklong class with Jaki Svaren, author of Written Letters, at the Innovations Calligraphy Conference in Philadelphia in 1982. It was a a new way of thinking that had a major impact on me. As with so many things, parts of the book became part of me but much was forgotten. I knew it was a slow read and thought about where to fit it in my reading schedule. I decided to take it very slowly and read and copy out a paragraph a day. I'm copying it into a simple marbled school notebook. I didn't want to use anything that would make me feel precious or pressured about the writing.
More about Jaki's workshop and my experiences at calligraphy conferences