Verses on the Faith Mind


When you try to stop motion to achieve quietude,
the very effort fills you with activity.
As long as you hold on to opposites
you will never know the One Way.


Those who do not understand the Way
will assert or deny the reality of things.
Deny the reality of things, you miss its deeper reality;
Assert the reality of things, you miss the emptiness of all things.


The more you think about it,
the further you are from the truth.
Cease all thinking,
and there is nothing that will not be revealed to you.


To return to the root is to find the essence,
but to pursue appearances is to miss the Source.
The moment you are enlightened,
you go beyond appearances and emptiness.


Changes that seem to occur in the (empty) world,
appear real only because of ignorance.
Do not search for the truth;
only cease to cherish opinions.



– Hsin Hsin Ming. Verses on the faith mind by Sengstan, third Zen Patriarch. Taken from:




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