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The Great Way (Beginner's Mind Poem) - Hsin Hsin Ming- Faith Mind Poem from the Zen tradition

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    The Great Way is not difficult
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    for those who have no preferences.
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    When Love and Hate are both absent,
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    everything becomes clear and undisguised.
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    Make the smallest distinction however
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    and heaven and Earth
    are set infinitely apart.
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    If you wish to see the truth
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    then hold no
    opinions for or against anything.
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    To set what you like against
    what you dislike
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    is the disease of the Mind.
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    When the deep meaning of things
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    is not understood
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    the mind's essential peace is disturbed
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    to no avail.
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    The Way is perfect,
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    like vast space,
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    where nothing is lacking
    and nothing is in excess.
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    Indeed, it is due to our choosing,
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    to accept or reject, that we do not
    see the true nature of things.
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    Live neither in the entanglements
    of outer things,
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    nor in inner feelings of emptiness.
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    Be serene in the Oneness of things
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    and such erroneous views
    will disappear by themselves.
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    When you try to stop activity
    to achieve passivity
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    your very effort fills you with activity.
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    As long as you remain in
    one extreme or the other
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    you will never know Oneness.
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    Those who do not live in the single way
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    fail in both activity and passivity,
    assertion and denial.
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    To deny the reality of things
    Is to miss their reality.
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    To assert the emptiness of things
    is to miss their reality.
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    The more you talk
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    and think about it, the further astray
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    you wander from the truth.
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    Stop talking and thinking
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    and there is nothing
    you will not be able to know.
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    To return to the root
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    is to find the meaning,
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    but to pursue appearances
    is to miss the source.
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    At the moment of inner enlightenment
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    there is a going beyond
    appearance and emptiness.
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    The changes that appear to occur
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    in the empty world we call real
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    only because of our ignorance.
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    Do not search for the truth.
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    Only cease to cherish opinions.
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    Do not remain in the dualistic state.
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    Avoid such pursuits carefully.
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    If there is even a trace of this and that,
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    of right and wrong,
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    the Mind Essence
    will be lost in confusion.
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    Although all dualities come from the One,
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    do not be attached even to this One.
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    When the Mind exists
    undisturbed in the Way
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    nothing in the world can offend,
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    and when a thing can no longer offend
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    it ceases to exist in the old way.
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    When no discriminating thoughts arise
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    the old mind ceases to exist.
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    When thought objects vanish
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    the thinking subject vanishes.
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    As when the Mind vanishes, objects vanish.
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    Things are objects because of the subject.
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    The mind is such because of things.
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    Understand the relativity of these two
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    and the basic reality;
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    the unity of emptiness.
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    In this emptiness
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    the two are indistinguishable
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    and each contains in itself
    the whole world.
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    If you do not discriminate between course
    and fine
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    you will not be tempted to prejudice
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    and opinion.
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    To live in the Great Way
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    is neither easy nor difficult,
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    but those with limited views
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    are fearful and irresolute.
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    The faster they hurry
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    the slower they go
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    and clinging cannot be limited.
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    Even to be attached to the
    idea of Enlightenment
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    is to go astray.
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    Just let things be in their own way
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    and there will be neither
    coming nor going.
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    Obey the nature of things
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    and you will walk freely and undisturbed.
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    When thought is in bondage
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    the truth is hidden,
    for everything is
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    murky and unclear,
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    and the burdensome practice of judging
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    brings annoyance and weariness.
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    What benefit can be derived
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    from distinctions and separations?
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    If you wish to move in the One Way
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    do not dislike even the
    world of senses and ideas.
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    Indeed to accept them fully
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    is identical with true enlightenment.
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    The wise person strives toward no goals
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    but the foolish person fetters themselves.
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    There is one Dharma not many.
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    Distinctions arise from the
    clinging
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    needs of the ignorant.
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    To seek mind with the discriminating mind
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    is the greatest of all mistakes.
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    Rest and unrest derive from illusion.
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    With Enlightenment
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    there is no liking and disliking.
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    All dualities come from
    ignorant inference.
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    They are like dreams
    or flowers in air;
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    foolish
    to try to grasp them.
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    Gain and loss,
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    right and wrong;
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    such thoughts must finally
    be abolished at once.
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    If the eye never sleeps
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    all dreams will naturally cease.
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    If the Mind makes no discriminations
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    the ten thousand things are as they are;
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    of single essence.
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    To understand the mystery
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    of this One Essence is to be released
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    from all entanglements.
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    When all things are seen equally
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    the timeless self essence is reached.
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    No comparisons or analogies
    are possible in this
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    causeless, relationless state.
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    Consider movement
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    stationary and the stationary in motion
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    and both movement and rest disappear.
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    When such dualities cease to exist,
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    Oneness itself cannot exist.
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    To this ultimate finality
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    no law or description applies.
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    For the unified mind,
    in accord with the Way,
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    all self-centered striving ceases.
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    Doubts and irresolutions vanish
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    and life in true
    faith is possible.
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    With a single stroke we
    are freed from bondage.
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    Nothing clings to us
    and we hold to nothing.
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    All is empty,
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    clear, self-illuminating, with
    no exertion of the mind's power.
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    Here thought, feeling, knowledge
    and imagination are of no of no value.
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    In this world of suchness
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    there is neither self
    nor other than self.
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    To come directly into harmony
    with this reality
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    just simply say when doubt arises:
    "not two".
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    In this "not two" nothing is separate,
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    nothing is excluded.
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    No matter when or where
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    Enlightenment means entering this truth.
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    And this truth is beyond extension
    or diminution in time or space.
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    In it a single thought
    is ten thousand years.
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    Emptiness here,
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    emptiness there.
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    But the infinite universe stands
    always before your eyes.
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    Infinitely large and infinitely small-
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    no difference.
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    For definitions have vanished
    and no boundaries are seen.
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    So too with being and non-being.
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    Don't waste time in doubts and arguments
    that have nothing to do with this.
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    One thing, all things,
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    move among and intermingle
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    without distinction.
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    To live in this realization is to be
    without anxiety about non-perfection.
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    To live in this faith is the
    road to non-duality
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    because the non-dual is one
    with the trusting mind.
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    Words!
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    The way is beyond language,
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    for in it there is no yesterday,
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    no tomorrow,
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    no today.
Title:
The Great Way (Beginner's Mind Poem) - Hsin Hsin Ming- Faith Mind Poem from the Zen tradition
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Video Language:
English
Team:
Awaken the World
Project:
Short Films - Stepping Stones
Duration:
19:24

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