Have Faith in Your Mind (Hsin Hsin Ming)
written by of Seng T'san, Third Chan Patriarch of China
Translated by Charles Luk (Upasaka Lu K'uan)
It is not hard to realise your Mind
Which should not be an object of your choice.
Throw like and dislike away
And you'll be clear about it.
The slightest deviation from it means
A gulf as deep as that 'twixt heaven and earth.
If you want it to manifest
Be not for or aginst a thing,
For that is contentious,
A disease of the mind.
If its profoundness you ignore
You can never practise stillness.
Perfect like the great void it lacks
Nothing and has naught in excess.
If you discriminate
You will miss its suchness.
To external causes cling not, stay
Not in the void (that is relative).
If you can be impartial
To stop disturbance leads to stillness
Which, if clung to, stirs the mind. But if
To opposites you cling
How can you know the One?
If you do not recognise One Mind
Two opposites will lead you nowhere.
To avoid what “is” means to cling to what “is not”,
To cling to what “is not” means to revive what “is”.
The more you talk and think,
The further are you from it.
If you can halt all speech and thought
You will find it everywhere.
If you think success means to return all things to their source,
You will differ (from our Sect) by clinging to its function.
The moment that you look within
You surpass your contemplation
Of the void which is always changing
Due to your discriminating views.
Do not seek the real
But your false views lay down.
Avoid the real and the false
And never search for either.
Once you start to choose between what's right and wrong,
You will become confused and you will lose your Mind.
All pairs from the One Mind spring
Which never should be clung to.
If the One Mind does not stir
Then all things will be harmless.
Things that are harmless cease to be,
Mind that stirs not does not exist.
Subjects disengaged from objects vanish,
Objects like their creator disappear.
Objects are caused by subjects
On whose existence they depend.
If you would understand dualities
Know that they spring from Voidness absolute.
The absolute and all dualities
Are one, from it all things originate.
When you cease choosing between the coarse
And fine all prejudices die.
Since the Great Mind embraces all,
To realise it is not difficult
Or easy. In their distrust the ignorant
Wavers between eagerness and hesitation.
If you grasp at it, you will be in the wrong
Falling into the way of heretics.
If you lay it down
It stays not nor goes.
With the Tao unite your nature
And you wll be free from troubles.
Clinging from the real strays
And to confusion leads.
Discrimination is useless
So weary not your mind.
If you want to know the One
Reject not sense data.
If they're not rejected
They are one with Bodhi.
The wise man is non-active,
The ignorant bind themselves.
All things are the same at heart
But clinging's from delusion.
If mind is used to seek itself,
Is this not a grave mistake?
Delusion brings stillness and disturbances;
Bodhi is far beyond all good and evil.
All the pairs of opposites
From discrimination come.
Dreams, illusions and flowers in
The sky are not worth attachment.
Gain and loss, and right and wrong
Should be laid down now at once.
If your eyes close not in sleep
All your dreams will disappear.
If you do not discriminate,
Then all things will be as they are.
Profound is this state of suchness,
Lofty and beyond illusions.
If things are not thought different,
To their nature they will return.
When they disappear,
Mind's without compare.
When it stops moving disturbance is no more;
When all motion ceases, stillness also stops.
When opposites disappear,
Where then can the One Mind be?
When for the Ultimate you search,
You find it has no pattern.
In this impartial mind
Duality has vanished.
When distrust ceases,
Your faith will be true.
When all is thrown away
There's nothing to remember.
The Mind that now is pure
Radiates and is not tired.
Since it is beyond discriminative thinking
It cannot be fathomed by that which knows and feels.
Such is the state absolutely
Free from the self and others.
If you would be one with it
All duality avoid.
In all places the non-dual is
The same and there is naught outside it.
To this sect belong,
Which is beyond time, long or short,
For a thought lasts ten thousand years.
It neither “is” nor “is not”
For everywhere is here
The smallest equals the largest
For it is not confined by space.
The largest equals the smallest
For it is no within, without.
“Is” and “is not” are the same,
For what “is not” equals “is”.
If you cannot so awaken,
Why worry if you do not win it?
Just believe that your Mind is non-dual
For your Faith in it is not divided.
In it there's no room for word and speech;
It has no present, past or future.