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Mind of the Beginner

Shoshin
China chū xīn
Japan sho shin
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初心 is often translated in Japanese as "beginner’s mind" or "beginner’s spirit."

In Chinese, the dictionary definition is "one’s original intention."

The first character means first, initial, primary, junior, beginning, or basic.

The second character means heart, mind, soul, or essence.

初心 is one of the five spirits of the warrior (budo), and is often used as a Japanese martial arts tenet. Under that context, places such as the Budo Dojo define it this way: The state of shoshin is that of a beginners mind. It is a state of awareness the remains always fully conscious, aware, and prepared to see things for the first time. The attitude of shoshin is essential to continued learning.

Never Forget Your First Resolution

Never Lose Your Beginner's Spirit
Japan sho shin wasu ru be ka ra zu
Never Forget Your First Resolution Wall Scroll

This is an old Japanese proverb that suggests you try to never forget the enthusiasm you had as a child when you try new things (or even face the day-to-day). Basically avoid having a mundane attitude that many people get with age.

You'll find this Japanese proverb translated a few different ways. Here are some of them:
Don't forget your first resolution.
Never forget your child-like enthusiasm.
Forget not the beginner's mind.
Try never to lose your initial enthusiasm (freshness of attitude).


Note: This is sometimes written as 初心忘る可からず. The one shown above is used about 10x more often. There's only one character difference between the two versions.


Note: Because this selection contains some special Japanese Hiragana characters, it should be written by a Japanese calligrapher.

Shoshin-Ryu

Japan shou shin ryuu
Shoshin-Ryu Wall Scroll

初心流 is often translated in Japanese as "beginner’s mind style" or "beginner’s spirit method."

The first character means first, initial, primary, junior, beginning, or basic.

The second character means heart, mind, soul, or essence.

The third character means style, method, or some will translate it as school.


Please note, there is more than one martial arts school that romanizes as Shoshin-Ryu.


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If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Pronunciation
Romanization
Simple Dictionary Definition

心月輪


心月轮

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Mandarin xīn yuè lún / xin1 yue4 lun2
Taiwan hsin yüeh lun
Japanese shingachi rin
The mind' s or heart' s moon-revolutions, i. e. the moon' s varying stages, typifying the grades of enlightenment from beginner to saint; turnings of the heart-moon

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The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...

Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Mind of the Beginner 初心sho shin / shoshinchū xīn / chu1 xin1 / chu xin / chuxin ch`u hsin / chuhsin / chu hsin
Never Forget Your First Resolution 初心忘るべからず / 初心忘る可からず
初心忘るべからず
sho shin wasu ru be ka ra zu
shoshinwasurubekarazu
Shoshin-Ryu 初心流shou shin ryuu
shoushinryuu
sho shin ryu
shoshinryu
In some entries above you will see that characters have different versions above and below a line.
In these cases, the characters above the line are Traditional Chinese, while the ones below are Simplified Chinese.

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