Verses on the Faith Mind

With a single stroke we are free from bondage
nothing clings to us and we hold to nothing

All is empty, clear, self-illumination
with no exertion of the mind’s power

Here thought, feeling, knowledge and imagination are of no value
in this world of Suchness there is neither self nor other than self

To come directly into harmony with this reality
just simply say when doubt arises: “Not two”

In this “not two” nothing is separate, nothing is excluded
no matter when or where, enlightenment means entering this truth

And this truth is beyond extension or diminution in time or space
in it a single thought is ten thousand years

Emptiness here, Emptiness there…
but the infinite universe stands always before your eyes

Infinitely large and infinitely small, no difference
for definitions have vanished and no boundaries are seen

So too with Being and non-Being
Don’t waste time in doubts and arguments that have nothing to do with this

One thing, all things:
move along and intermingle without distinction

To live in this realization
is to be without anxiety about non-perfection

To live in this faith is the road to non-duality
Because the non-dual is one with the trusting mind

Words !
The Way is beyond language

For in it there is
no yesterday
no tommorrow
no today

VERSES ON THE FAITH MIND
by Sosan Zenji (Seng-Tsan) – the third Zen Patriarch.
Translated by Ricahard B. Clarke.… Read More