The Beginners Mind Experiment

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What’s it all about?

The concept of “Beginner’s Mind” can be traced back to various sources in Eastern wisdom teachings and philosophies, such as Buddhism, Japanese Zen traditions and Chinese Taoism.

However, what does “Beginner’s Mind” mean?  Essentially, “Beginner’s Mind” encourages an attitude of “non-knowing’, like the minds of young children that are without any pre-assumption, always innocent, curious and open.

It is a mind that is not confined and conditioned by the past experiences; rather, it takes each encounter and each event as an opportunity for a new experience. It is a mind of genuine freedom.

What is the benefit of having a “Beginner’s Mind”?  “In the Beginner’s Mind there are many possibilities. In the expert’s mind there are few.”  —–  Zen Master Shunryu Suzuki

What will we cover?

In this workshop, we invite you to join us at an Experiment of “Beginner’s Mind”.  In particular, we will discuss, reflect and explore how we can apply such ancient wisdom in our modern life:

–       Do you dare to live a life with a “Beginner’s Mind”, waking up every day like a blank page, free from any judgments and expectations from yesterday?

–       Will you feel comfortable to meeting others without any pre-assumptions based on ages, race, gender, appearance, job titles and status?

In order to ground our understanding, we will infuse the workshop with playful exercises, heartful discussions and meditations to allow you to discover your unique understanding of Beginner’s Mind in your own unique way. We hope that you may leave the class with a “Beginner’s Mind”, so you may allow yourself to see new possibilities of tomorrow.

Who will be teaching?

Elva Zhang cropElva Zhang is the founder of Peace Lab, which was created to provide a new way to cultivate well-being, positive mindset and build stronger connections.

Originally from China, Elva came to study in Australia as an international student after completing high school.  She is a lawyer by profession, who used to be SO serious! Peace Lab was therefore born out of her own experiences dealing with stress, anxiety and negative self-talks.   Elva loves synthesising wisdom from ancient Eastern philosophies (Chinese Taoism, Buddhism and Indian yogi traditions) and new discoveries from Western science (such as neuroplasticity). She is feeling lucky that nowadays she can share her passion for well-being and self-understanding through Beace Lab while stilling being able to work as a lawyer.

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