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“In Japan we have the phrase shoshin (初心), which means “beginner’s mind.” The goal of practice is always to keep our beginner’s mind… This [means] an empty mind and a ready mind. If your mind is empty, it is always ready for anything; it is open to everything. In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities; in the expert’s mind there are few.”

~Shunryu Suzuki
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“With traditional arts in Asia much emphasis is put on long-term practice and effort, so as to reach continuously higher levels of skill development. There is a deeper character training happening as well, to reduce the ego’s voice, let go of fears, cultivate mindfulness, increase gratitude and live more fully in the present moment.” ~Christopher Chase

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"When you compare your body with those of other people, you also see that what is true about your body is true of everyone else’s. Your body gets old, falls sick, and grows weak. All bodies do this. What happens to your body due to hormonal changes, injuries, or other conditions happens to other people’s bodies, too. Therefore it does not matter how beautiful or ugly, fat or thin, hairy or bald your body looks on the outside. All bodies function, grow, age, fall sick, decay, die, and decompose in similar ways. In this respect you and others are not different at all. This insight helps you to cultivate equanimity and to treat all living beings with compassion and loving-friendliness."

~Bhante Gunaratana~
 
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