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–Faith in Mind–

Xin Xin Ming 信心銘 

By Seng Can 僧璨 (550ce). The Third Patriarch of Zen after Bodhidharma, and the Thirteenth Patriarch after Siddhartha Gautama Buddha.

Opening verses of the poem….

The Buddha in teaching mudra holds the space in Studio Yang Sheng at Nourishing Life.

The great way is not difficult for those who have no preferences.

When love and hate are both absent everything becomes clear and undisguised.

Make the smallest distinction however and heaven and earth are set distinctly 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 don’t 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 etymology and translation of the title : Xin Xin Ming  信心銘   Faith in Mind

信 believe

心 heart

信心 to believe with your heart is to have faith or trust

銘 to engrave on one’s mind

Faith in Mind is the point of view that the Buddha and Mind are one. The goal of Buddhism, the direct experience of enlightenment, can only be attained by having faith in the mind as Shakyamuni Buddha himself did.

Garden Buddha
The Buddha in the Japanese Garden at Nourishing Life.

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