What is a Gong Journeyman?
Shoshin

"A Beginner's Mind"


Shoshin (初心) is a word from Zen Buddhism meaning "beginner's mind." It refers to having an attitude of openness, eagerness, and lack of preconceptions when studying a subject, even when studying at an advanced level, just as a beginner would. The term is especially used in the study oZen Buddhism.


In the beginner's mind
there are many possibilities,
but in the expert's mind
there are few.
Shunryu Suzuki

Knock at the Gate!


What is a Gong Journeyman?

Well, Osten Aune does NOT claim to be a "Gong Master". This is not an attempt to be humble but a state of mind, "Shoshin." I know people who are truly gong masters, but I am a journeyman, content to always be a student of the gong. I am an apprentice to my teachers Barbara Cole and Kenny Kolter (Gong Masters). I enjoy being a student! I enjoy learning. I enjoy sharing the gongs with others. I learn from each and every gong meditation; I learn from my students. I want to always be open to learning what the gong wants to teach me.