Trust In Mind
by Third Patriarch Seng Can
Translated by the Chung Tai Translation
From the Chinese by
the Third Patriarch Seng Can, 6th Century
The following prior English translations
and commentaries were used as references:
“Faith in Mind” by Master Sheng Yen, “
Hsin Hsin Ming: Inscribed on the Believing
Mind” by R. H. Blyth, “Hsin-Hsin Ming:
Verses on the Faith Mind” by Richard B.
Clarke, “The Book of Nothing: A Song of
Enlightenment” by Philip Dunn and Peter
Jourdan, “Trust in Mind” by Stanley
Lombard, “Trust in Mind: The Rebellion
of Chinese Zen” by Mu Soeng, “Inscribed
on the Believing Mind” by D. T. Suzuki,
“On Trust in the Heart” by Arthur Waley,
and “Have Faith in Your Mind” by Lu Kuan
Yu (Charles Luk).
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The Supreme Way is difficult
Only for those who pick and choose.
Simply let go of love and hate;
The Way will fully reveal itself.
The Slightest distinction
Results in a difference as great as heaven and earth.
For the Way to manifest,
Hold not to likes and dislikes.
The contention of likes and dislikes
Is a disease of the mind.
Without realizing the Profound Principle,
It is futile to practice stillness.
Intrinsically perfect like the Great Void,
Without lack, without excess;
In choosing to grasp or reject,
One is blind to Suchness.
Neither pursue conditioned existence,
Nor stay in idle emptiness.
In oneness and equality,
All self-boundaries dissolve.
Trying to still action
Is an action itself.
Still trapped in duality,
How can you recognize oneness?
Failing to penetrate the meaning of oneness,
Neither side will function.
Banishing existence entwines you in existence;
Pursuing emptiness turns you away from it.1.1