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“The Great Way is not difficult for those who have no preferences.”—Seng-t’san

The Hsin Hsin Ming, Verses on the Faith-Mind by Seng-t’san, the third Chinese patriarch of Zen, is considered to be the first Chinese Zen document. Lucidly translated here by Richard B. Clark, it remains one of the most widely-admired and elegant of Zen writings, and is as relevant today as it wa
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Paperback, 16 pages
Published April 1st 2001 by White Pine Press (first published 1973)
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Steve
Jun 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chinese, buddhism
The Hsin-Hsin Ming is one of the earliest writings in the Ch'an (Zen) Buddhist tradition and is attributed to Seng Ts'an, the third Zen patriarch. It consists of a small number of verses circling around the same theme: drawing distinctions (and attachments require distinctions) destroys the very possibility of perceiving the Truth, the Way. By not making distinctions and generating the accompanying "dualities", one can recognize that the universe and the "ten thousand things" within it are one ...more
ZumoDeNaranja
Feb 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have never, and i repeat, never, read a religious text this powerful, sincere, and beautiful. If you really need a bible take this with you, but remember, at some point you'll have to burn it.
SamNoelPearce Samadhi
Describes this human life well...
Vinay Kumar
Sep 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
beauty in shortest possible way.
Naif Muhammed
May 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A really small book which has everything.
stephen mitchell clair
Highways code of zen

It is like the highway code of zen - said a wise person. . . . . . . .
Shivam Gupta
May 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book contains nothing. Literally, it contain nothing. the Nothing which we all should forget to know.
Shankar Mishra
Jan 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Words! Words!
The Way is beyond language,
Words never could, can not now, and never will describe the Way.
Deep
Jun 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: zen
Beautiful and profound.
michael lequire
Dec 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's the truth. Abandon discrimination. I refer back to this every so often and it only gets better.
Sam Klemens
Nov 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Очень хорошо.
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Shankar Mishra
Jan 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Words! Words!
The Way is beyond language,
Words never could, can not now, and never will describe the Way.
Marc Arlt
Apr 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An incredibly deep and rich piece of wisdom writing from the ancient Buddhist tradition. Beautiful, challenging, and resonant with truth.
Tom Secret
Oct 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Profound. Transforming. Simply Perfect!
Akshunya
May 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book should be read at least once every couple of months or so to bring yourself back to your senses!
Niel
Jan 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Words! Words!
The Way is beyond language,
Words never could, can not now, and never will describe the Way.
Pipilotto
Oct 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very short text, but a lot to contemplate. To be read again and again.

The translation flows very well, and makes it easy to read even though it's not an easy text.

It would be quicker for you to read the book than reading the reviews of it.

I will finish my review here with a quote from the book that opened something up in my head:

"When one is free from attachment,
all things are as they are,
and there is neither coming nor going."
Munkhbayar Baatarkhuu
May 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Every line of this small book urges me to brood over it, and i am sure that i will read this book over and over again. Also i will also read Hsin Hsin Ming - The book of nothing (commentaries on it) by Osho.
The book says there is no yesterday, no tomorrow, NO TODAY!
David Peirce
Aug 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A finger pointing at the moon, to use a cliche. Increasingly, I find that less is more in communicating Zen. This short verse points to the nature of mind and the nature of things. I will be sitting with this one as my primary text for a long time.
Nick
Apr 16, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Concise, beautiful, profound.
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Truly inspirational. The key is in the living present, just be. A timeless document. Highly recommended.
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“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 infinitely apart. If you wish to see the truth then hold no opinion for or against. The struggle of what one likes and what one dislikes is the disease of the mind.” 54 likes
“Pursue not the outer entanglements; Dwell not in the inner void; Be serene in the oneness of things; And dualism vanishes by itself.” 52 likes
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