Shoshin Zen (2014)

Japanese Garden - Portland, Oregon

When I went to the Portland Japanese Garden for the 2nd time, I set out to free my expectations and keep an open mind as to what I may discover there. Utilizing a zen concept known as Shoshin, I was able to discover this particularly sublime tree with fallen leaves around it. The classic tree that everyone photographs was looking OK, albeit minus a lot of leaves, but this tree was looking quite sublime in the soft light of the fog-filled sky during this eerie November morning. I think this tree is a bit more interesting than the classically shot one, but you can be the judge. 

Shoshin is a really great approach to life, in general, and this image will always remind me of that practice. Shoshin is the concept of the beginner's mind. Derived from Zen Buddhism, it is the quintessential mindset for learning. It is openness, eagerness, and the lack of preconceptions, no matter the level of expertise you may have regarding a particular subject.

The mind is a wonderful servant, but a terrible master. Left to its own devices, it gets distracted and cluttered. To discard the clutter, one must surrender their ego and their self-identity. To become less than special, formless. Surrendering of oneself does not mean the loss of autonomy, it means being challenged to grow — growing through humility, learning through service, becoming a student and figuratively (sometimes literally) bowing to another. To keep the clutter ("monkey mind") at bay, one must replace it with Shoshin. 

Photo © copyright by Matt Payne.

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