Part 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 Doubts are completely used up,Helpful trust continuously harmonizes. There is nothing to keep,Nothing to reflect upon. Bright emptiness naturally shines,And the mind is effortless. There is nothing to consider,For it’s beyond judgments and senses. As for the true Suchness of things,There is no self and no other.To […]
Parts One, Two, Three, Four, Five If the heart-mind doesn’t separate things,The ten thousand things are as-if-one. In the mysterious experience of as-if-one,Cut off and forget cause, reason, karma, and fate. When the ten thousand things are beheld as equal and altogether,You return to, and are cared for, by your original nature. Let the cause […]
Part Five of the translation/commentary on the Hsin Hsin Ming
Part Four of my commentary and translation of the Hsin Hsin Ming.
Part One, Part Two You need not seek the truth, Just stop chasing appearances Without dwelling in divided appearances,Take care to not seek. In one moment of right and wrong,The upright mind is lost in confusion Two follows from the existence of one,But don’t guard even the one In the One Mind there is no […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]