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Zen and the Art of Teaching Junior High

In beginner’s mind we have many possibilities, but in expert mind there is not much possibility. So in our practice it is important to resume to our original mind or inmost mind  …  This is the secret of Zen and secret of various practices  …  If we keep our beginner’s mind, we keep our precepts. When we lose our beginner’s mind we will lose all the precepts and for Zen students the most important thing is not to be dualistic or not — we should not lose our self-satisfied state of mind. We should not be too demanding, or we should not be too greedy.  …  When our mind become demanding — when we become longing for something, we will violate our precepts not to kill, not to be immoral, not to steal, or not to tell lie and so on. Those are based on our greedy mind. When our…

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