Hsin Hsin Ming 2 (With Commentary)

For part one, head over here. 2 Do not chase fleeting existence,Do not remain in enduring emptiness Carry in your heart the one peaceful seedAnd certainly perishing will exhaust itself Halt stirring emotions to return to stillnessAnd stillness with further fill with stirring emotions If you rest in either alone,How will you know the one […]

Hsin Hsin Ming Meditation Exercise 1

Here’s a (deceptively) simple meditation exercise based on Part One of the Hsin Hsin Ming. Find a quiet place to sit and get comfy. But not too comfy. Neither slouching nor sitting up too straight. Once you’ve settled in, feel free to relax for a few minutes using whatever relaxation exercise works for you. Now, we’re turning […]

Hsin Hsin Ming Part 1 (With Commentary)

The Hsin Hsin Ming (The Trust in the Heart-Mind Inscription) is one of my favorite Zen texts.  It was supposedly written by Sengcan, the Third Chan Patriarch. Legend has it that, when he was in his forties, he met the Second Patriarch—Bodhidharma’s former student Huike. He begged Huike, “I’m very ill, please absolve me of […]