Not what you want?

Try searching again using:
1. Other similar-meaning words.
2. Fewer words or just one word.

初心 in Chinese / Japanese...

Buy a 初心 calligraphy wall scroll here!

Start your custom "初心" project by clicking the button next to your favorite "初心" title below...


Mind of the Beginner

Shoshin
China chū xīn
Japan sho shin
Mind of the Beginner

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.

Shoshin-Ryu

Japan shou shin ryuu
Shoshin-Ryu

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.

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

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.


Not the results for 初心 that you were looking for?

Below are some entries from our dictionary that may match your 初心 search...

Characters

If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Pronunciation
Romanization
Simple Dictionary Definition

初心

see styles
Mandarin chū xīn / chu1 xin1
Taiwan ch`u hsin / chu hsin
Japanese shoshin / しょしん
Never Forget Your First Resolution
Chinese (one's) original intention, aspiration etc; (Buddhism) "beginner's mind" (i.e. having an attitude of openness when studying a subject just as a beginner in that subject would)
Japanese (noun or adjectival noun) original intention; initial resolution; (female given name) Ubu
The initial resolve or mind of the novice; beginner's mind

初心忘るべからず

see styles
Japanese shoshinwasurubekarazu / しょしんわするべからず
Never Forget Your First Resolution
Japanese (expression) (idiom) Don't forget your first resolution

初心者

see styles
Japanese shoshinsha / しょしんしゃ Japanese beginner

初心始業菩薩


初心始业菩萨

see styles
Mandarin chū xīn shǐ yè pú sà / chu1 xin1 shi3 ye4 pu2 sa4
Taiwan ch`u hsin shih yeh p`u sa / chu hsin shih yeh pu sa
Japanese shoshin shigō bosatsu
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition

初心者マーク

see styles
Japanese shoshinshamaaku / shoshinshamaku / しょしんしゃマーク Japanese (See 若葉マーク) sticker for new car drivers (green and yellow)

誡初心學人文


诫初心学人文

see styles
Mandarin jiè chū xīn xuer én wén / jie4 chu1 xin1 xuer2 en2 wen2
Taiwan chieh ch`u hsin xuer en wen / chieh chu hsin xuer en wen
Japanese Kai shoshin gakunin mon
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition

初心運転者標識

see styles
Japanese shoshinuntenshahyoushiki / shoshinuntenshahyoshiki / しょしんうんてんしゃひょうしき Japanese (See 若葉マーク) sticker for new car drivers (green and yellow)

初;初心;産;生

see styles
Japanese ubu / うぶ Japanese (adj-na,n,adj-no) (1) (kana only) (esp. 初, 初心) innocent; naive; unsophisticated; inexperienced; green; wet behind the ears; (prefix noun) (2) (産, 生) birth-

初心忘る可からず

see styles
Japanese shoshinwasurubekarazu / しょしんわするべからず Japanese (expression) (idiom) Don't forget your first resolution

初心忘るべからず;初心忘る可からず

see styles
Japanese shoshinwasurubekarazu / しょしんわするべからず Japanese (expression) (idiom) Don't forget your first resolution

Search for 初心 in my Japanese & Chinese Dictionary


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 / chuxinch`u hsin / chuhsin / chu hsin
Shoshin-Ryu初心流shou shin ryuu
shoushinryuu
sho shin ryu
shoshinryu
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
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.



Successful Chinese Character and Japanese Kanji calligraphy searches within the last few hours...

Aiki Jujutsu
Archangel
Aster
Believe
Berserk
Bushido
Calm
Change
Christ
Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon
Enlighten
Enlightened
Faith in God
Family
Father
Furinkazan
Gemini
Heart of a Warrior
Hello
I Love You Forever and Always
Iaido
Jesus
Keep Fighting
Kenshin
Kung Fu
Lion
Love
Loyalty
Mind Body Soul Spirit
Mind Body Spirit
Mother
Mushin
Music
Overcome
Pleasure
Powerful
Protector
Rain
Rebirth
Right Intention
Rooster
Strength
Strong Heart
The Red String
The Way
The Way of the Warrior
Thunder Lightning in Kanji
Trust in God
Trust No Man
Victory
White
Wing Chun
Winter
Wolf
Yin Yang

All of our calligraphy wall scrolls are handmade.

When the calligrapher finishes creating your artwork, it is taken to my art mounting workshop in Beijing where a wall scroll is made by hand from a combination of silk, rice paper, and wood.
After we create your wall scroll, it takes at least two weeks for air mail delivery from Beijing to you.

Allow a few weeks for delivery. Rush service speeds it up by a week or two for $10!

When you select your calligraphy, you'll be taken to another page where you can choose various custom options.


A nice Chinese calligraphy wall scroll

The wall scroll that Sandy is holding in this picture is a "large size"
single-character wall scroll.
We also offer custom wall scrolls in small, medium, and an even-larger jumbo size.

A professional Chinese Calligrapher

Professional calligraphers are getting to be hard to find these days.
Instead of drawing characters by hand, the new generation in China merely type roman letters into their computer keyboards and pick the character that they want from a list that pops up.

There is some fear that true Chinese calligraphy may become a lost art in the coming years. Many art institutes in China are now promoting calligraphy programs in hopes of keeping this unique form of art alive.

Trying to learn Chinese calligrapher - a futile effort

Even with the teachings of a top-ranked calligrapher in China, my calligraphy will never be good enough to sell. I will leave that to the experts.

A high-ranked Chinese master calligrapher that I met in Zhongwei

The same calligrapher who gave me those lessons also attracted a crowd of thousands and a TV crew as he created characters over 6-feet high. He happens to be ranked as one of the top 100 calligraphers in all of China. He is also one of very few that would actually attempt such a feat.


Check out my lists of Japanese Kanji Calligraphy Wall Scrolls and Old Korean Hanja Calligraphy Wall Scrolls.