初心 in Chinese / Japanese...

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Mind of the Beginner

Shoshin
chū xīn
sho shin
Mind of the Beginner Scroll

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

shou shin ryuu
Shoshin-Ryu 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.

Never Forget Your First Resolution

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


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.


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Characters

If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Pronunciation
Romanization
Simple Dictionary Definition

初心

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chū xīn / chu1 xin1
ch`u hsin / chu hsin
 shoshin / しょしん
Never Forget Your First Resolution Scroll
(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)
(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
 shoshinwasurubekarazu / しょしんわするべからず
Never Forget Your First Resolution Scroll
(expression) (idiom) Don't forget your first resolution

初心者

see styles
 shoshinsha / しょしんしゃ beginner

初い;初心い

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 ubui / うぶい (adjective) (obsolete) (See 初々しい) innocent; pure; naive; unsophisticated

初心始業菩薩


初心始业菩萨

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chū xīn shǐ yè pú sà / chu1 xin1 shi3 ye4 pu2 sa4
ch`u hsin shih yeh p`u sa / chu hsin shih yeh pu sa
 shoshin shigō bosatsu
beginner bodhisattvas who have just begun to practice

初心者マーク

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 shoshinshamaaku / shoshinshamaku / しょしんしゃマーク (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

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jiè chū xīn xuer én wén / jie4 chu1 xin1 xuer2 en2 wen2
chieh ch`u hsin xuer en wen / chieh chu hsin xuer en wen
 Kai shoshin gakunin mon
Admonitions for Beginning Students

初心運転者標識

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

初;初心;産;生

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 ubu / うぶ (adj-na,adj-no,n) (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
 shoshinwasurubekarazu / しょしんわするべからず (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
 shoshinwasurubekarazu / しょしんわするべからず (expression) (proverb) we were all beginners once; never lose your humility; don't let success get to your head; don't forget where you came from

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