In Zen, sometimes we use “beginner’s mind” to describe “Zen mind”. But this beginner is not a normal beginner, but a grand beginner. And this beginning is not from one, but from “zero”.
As a grand beginner, he never starts from a fixed point, because there’s no fixed point to start with. To start to do something is not to make a single thing, but to take part in the on-going conditions.
There’s no repeating for him, even for the same work he has to do every day, he will not feelbored, evenif he has to do a task many times in the same way. It doesn’t mean he forgets what he has done before, but means he just enjoys the here and now.
Every time in every doing, he always hasa brand new experience, and extends this brand new experience into the very next moment. There will be a goal, but there’s no expectation. He is always ready to accept any circumstance, good or bad, failure or victory. The good can’t be apart from the bad, the failure can be the cause of a victory.
The on-going conditions have no beginning, enjoying the here and now is the secret to maintaining the vigor. The real success is tobe free from the “good and bad” and beyond the “failure and victory”.
To be a grand beginner, is to grant oneself an ultimate achievement.