Thursday, December 31, 2020

due to our choosing - we do not see

 
 
 

 
 
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 opinions for or against anything.
To set up what you like against what you dislike
is the disease of the mind.
When the deep meaning of things is not understood,
the mind's essential peace is disturbed to no avail.

The Way is perfect like vast space
where nothing is lacking and nothing in excess.
Indeed, it is due to our choosing to accept or reject
that we do not see the true nature of things.

Live neither in the entanglements of outer things,
nor in inner feelings of emptiness.
Be serene in the oneness of things and such
erroneous views will disappear by themselves.

When you try to stop activity by passivity
your very effort fills you with activity.
As long as you remain in one extreme or the other
you will never know Oneness.

Those who do not live in the single Way
fail in both activity and passivity,
assertion and denial.
To deny the reality of things
is to miss their reality;
To assert the emptiness of things
is to miss their reality.

The more you talk and think about it,
the further astray you wander from the truth.
Stop talking and thinking,
and there is nothing you will not be able to know.




~ excerpt from
The Third Patriarch of Zen Hsin Hsin Ming by Seng-T'san
 Translated from the Chinese by Richard B. Clarke
 teachings of the Buddha

 
 
 
 

1 comments:

jacquin said...

This has been my primary study text for the second half of 2020 and ongoing into 2021. So much clarity - I'm delighted you've posted it!
I'd encourage anyone who is a little intrigued by this to read and sit on the whole text. It's quite brief, but sheds light on the path in a profound and practical way.