If your mind is empty, it is always ready for anything; it is open to everything. In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities; in the expert’s mind there are few.
So the most difficult thing is always to keep your beginner’s mind. There is no need to have a deep understanding of zen.
~ Shunryu Suzuki, Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind
The piece is not actually silent [there will never be silence until death comes which never comes]; it is full of sound, but sounds which I do not think of beforehand, which I hear for the first time the same time others hear. What we hear is determined by our own emptiness, our own receptivity; we receive to the extent we are empty to do so. If one is full, or in the course of its performance becomes full of an idea[…], then it is just that.
~John Cage, responding to a detractor of 4’33”, recalled by Christian Wolff
Photo: David Tudor performing 4’33”, 1952