Beginner’s Mind

“To find the true Path, you need to find the true Teacher first. And one more thing, you yourself must become the true Student. . . . ” Rev. Kensho Furuya- March 16, 2002

Learning is accepting that we don’t know everything, and then struggling to do something about that lack of knowledge.  This can be very dissolving for the ego, or challenging at the least.  Our livelihood requires that we be the expert at something.  We receive compensation for our willingness or abilities to do something others either won’t or don’t do.  As a result, our egos build up this sense of security and arrogance surrounding our skill sets that have provided us with the opportunity to purchase goods and services.  Why not?  You’re awesome.  You’re surviving in this very difficult, constantly shifting and changing economic climate.  You’re a successful ___________(insert label here), and you’re continued success depends upon you’re ability to shape and to respond to your world.  A strong ego is necessary in our current socio-cultural construct, and is bolstered by what we know.  As soon as we know, the reason to learn is diminished.  After all, we know.

This is the danger of rank and becoming a “teacher”.  When we are new and fresh to the path, it is easier to be open to finding the teacher.  It is easy to be a “true Student”.  As time progresses, we can align ourselves to a teacher and become a student of the teacher.  Is this a “true Student”?  The true Teacher walks the true Path, but when the true Teacher is no longer there to walk with us, do we stop walking?  If I am a true Student, I carry my Teachers with me.