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Beginner’s Mind - original

The term ‘beginners mind’ is an important value for meditation practitioners. A popular term originating from Shunryu Sazuki Roshi’s Zen literature Classic on meditation: ‘Zen Mind Beginner’s Mind’.

Although this term translates well in English from Japanese, a direct translation in Tibetan is not quite as straight forward as one may think. 

After much deliberation, It was agreed that the best translation of ‘beginners mind’ was inspired from one line found in the famous Dorje Chang Tungmo, which reads In the very freshness of the essence of thought - གང་ཤར་རྟོག་པའི་ངོ་བོ་སོ་མ་དེ།

The key word in this sentence being so ma te - སོ་མ་དེ་ meaning that freshness of mind - Illustrated here as the primary calligraphy in a fresh, free and brisk moment of totality. 

Below which is another line of Tsugtung script, acting as a foundation - which translates as to remain in a state of natural freshness - སོ་མར་བཞག་པ།


Japanese Sumi ink on heavy water-colour paper. 56 x 56.5 cm. 2018.