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#1 2007-05-16 07:30:29

From: Dublin, Ireland.
Registered: 2006-04-24
Posts: 221

The Great Way is not Difficult...

from the Xin Xin Ming (rendered as the "Song of the Truthful Mind" or "Faith in Mind")

The Great Way is not difficult
for those who have no preferences.

When loves and hates are both absent
everything becomes clear and undisguised.
Make the smallest distinction, however,
and heaven and earth are set infinitely apart.

If you wish to see the truth
then hold no opinions for or against anything.
To set up what you like against what you dislike
is the disease of the mind.

When the deep meaning of things is not understood
the mind's essential peace is disturbed to no avail.

The Way is perfect like vast space
where nothing is lacking and nothing is in excess.
Indeed, it is due to our choosing to accept or reject
that we do not see the true nature of things.
Be serene in the oneness of things
and such erroneous views will disappear by themselves.

by Master Chien-chih Seng-ts'an (the 3rd Zen Patriarch)



"As God once said, and I think rightly..." (Margaret Thatcher)



#2 2007-06-11 07:58:32

Registered: 2007-06-07
Posts: 126

Re: The Great Way is not Difficult...

Yours is the version of this work that I first heard read by Ram Dass on "Love, Serve, Remember," back around 1973.  He had been counseled in understanding the Xin Xin Ming by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche.  There were parts of it Ram Dass didn't quite understand. 

Thank you for posting this.  The funny thing is that eight inches to the right of my keyboard lies a little book called, "The Poetry Of Enlightenment," a book of Chan Masters' poetry, in which the Xin Xin Ming appears.  I just took it out to look at about ten minutes before I encountered your post. 

The essence of mind and phenomena is primordially self-liberated nondual Wisdom.



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