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Faith Mind Inscription (Verses On the Faith Mind)

Faith Mind Inscription (Verses On the Faith Mind)

Postby another_being on Fri Feb 22, 2013 8:07 pm

-from: http://www.sacred-texts.com/bud/zen/fm/fm.htm

Hsin-hsin Ming

Verses On the Faith Mind

Translated by Richard B. Clarke



至道無難 The Great Way is not difficult

唯嫌揀擇 for those who have no preferences.

但莫憎愛 When love and hate are both absent

洞然明白 everything becomes clear and undisguised.

毫釐有差 Make the smallest distinction, however

天地懸隔 and heaven and earth are set infinitely apart.

欲得現前 If you wish to see the truth

莫存順逆 then hold no opinions for or against anything.

違順相爭 To set up what you like against what you dislike

是爲心病 is the disease of the mind.

不識玄旨 When the deep meaning of things is not understood

徒勞念靜 the mind's essential peace is disturbed to no avail.



圓同太虚 The Way is perfect like vast space

無欠無餘 where nothing is lacking and nothing is in excess.

良由取捨 Indeed, it is due to our choosing to accept or reject

所以不如 that we do not see the true nature of things.

莫逐有縁 Live neither in the entanglements of outer things,

勿住空忍 nor in inner feelings of emptiness.

一種平懷 Be serene in the oneness of things

泯然自盡 and such erroneous views will disappear by themselves.

止動歸止 When you try to stop activity to achieve passivity

止更彌動 your very effort fills you with activity.

唯滯兩邊 As long as you remain in one extreme or the other

寧知一種 you will never know Oneness.



一種不通 Those who do not live in the single Way

兩處失功 fail in both activity and passivity,

遣有沒有 assertion and denial. To deny the reality of things

從空背空 to assert the emptiness of things is to miss their reality.

多言多慮 The more you talk and think about it,

轉不相應 the further astray you wander from the truth.

絶言絶慮 Stop talking and thinking,

無處不通 and there is nothing you will not be able to know.

歸根得旨 To return to the root is to find the meaning,

隨照失宗 but to pursue appearances is to miss the source.

須臾返照 At the moment of inner enlightenment

勝卻前空 there is a going beyond appearance and emptiness.

前空轉變 The changes that appear to occur in the empty world

皆由妄見 we call real only because of our ignorance.

不用求眞 Do not search for the truth;

唯須息見 only cease to cherish opinions.



二見不住 Do not remain in the dualistic state

慎莫追尋 avoid such pursuits carefully.

纔有是非 If there is even a trace of this and that, of right and wrong,

紛然失心 the Mind-essence will be lost in confusion.

二由一有 Although all dualities come from the One,

一亦莫守 do not be attached even to this One.

一心不生 When the mind exists undisturbed in the Way,

萬法無咎 nothing in the world can offend,

無咎無法 and when a thing can no longer offend, it ceases to exist in the old way.



不生不心 When no discriminating thoughts arise, the old mind ceases to exist.

能隨境滅 When thought objects vanish, the thinking-subject vanishes,

境逐能沈 as when the mind vanishes, objects vanish.

境由能境 Things are objects because of the subject (mind);

能由境能 the mind (subject) is such because of things (object).

欲知兩段 Understand the relativity of these two

元是一空 and the basic reality: the unity of emptiness.

一空同兩 In this Emptiness the two are indistinguishable

齊含萬象 and each contains in itself the whole world.

不見精麁 If you do not discriminate between coarse and fine

寧有偏黨 you will not be tempted to prejudice and opinion.



大道體寛 To live in the Great Way

無易無難 is neither easy nor difficult,

小見狐疑 but those with limited views

轉急轉遲 and fearful and irresolute: the faster they hurry, the slower they go,

執之失度 and clinging (attachment) cannot be limited;

必入邪路 even to be attached to the idea of enlightenment is to go astray.

放之自然 Just let things be in their own way

體無去住 and there will be neither coming nor going.



任性合道 Obey the nature of things (your own nature),

逍遙絶惱 and you will walk freely and undisturbed.

繋念乖眞 When thought is in bondage the truth is hidden,

昏沈不好 for everything is murky and unclear,

不好勞神 and the burdensome practice of judging brings annoyance and weariness.

何用疏親 What benefit can be derived from distinctions and separations?



欲取一乘 If you wish to move in the One Way

勿惡六塵 do not dislike even the world of senses and ideas.

六塵不惡 Indeed, to accept them fully

還同正覺 is identical with true Enlightenment.

智者無爲 The wise man strives to no goals

愚人自縛 but the foolish man fetters himself.

法無異法 This is one Dharma, not many: distinctions arise

妄自愛著 from the clinging needs of the ignorant.

將心用心 To seek Mind with the (discriminating) mind

豈非大錯 is the greatest of all mistakes.



迷生寂亂 Rest and unrest derive from illusion;

悟無好惡 with enlightenment there is no liking and disliking.

一切二邊 All dualities come from

妄自斟酌 ignorant inference.

夢幻虚華 They are like dreams of flowers in the air:

何勞把捉 foolish to try to grasp them.

得失是非 Gain and loss, right and wrong:

一時放卻 such thoughts must finally be abolished at once.



眼若不睡 If the eye never sleeps,

諸夢自除 all dreams will naturally cease.

心若不異 If the mind makes no discriminations,

萬法一如 the ten thousand things are as they are, of single essence.

一如體玄 To understand the mystery of this One-essence

兀爾忘虚 is to be release from all entanglements.

萬法齊觀 When all things are seen equally

歸復自然 the timeless Self-essence is reached.

泯其所以 No comparisons or analogies are possible

不可方比 in this causeless, relationless state.



止動無動 Consider movement stationary and the stationary in motion,

動止無止 both movement and rest disappear.

兩既不成 When such dualities cease to exist

一何有爾 Oneness itself cannot exist.

究竟窮極 To this ultimate finality

不存軌則 no law or description applies.



契心平等 For the unified mind in accord with the Way

所作倶息 all self-centered straining ceases.

狐疑盡淨 Doubts and irresolution's vanish

正信調直 and life in true faith is possible.

一切不留 With a single stroke we are freed from bondage;

無可記憶 nothing clings to us and we hold to nothing.

虚明自照 All is empty , clear, self-illuminating,

不勞心力 with no exertion of the mind's power.

非思量處 Here thought, feeling, knowledge, and imagination

識情難測 are of no value.

眞如法界 In this world of Suchness

無他無自 there is neither self nor other-than-self



要急相應 To come directly into harmony with this reality

唯言不二 just simply say when doubt arises, 'Not two.'

不二皆同 In this 'no two' nothing is separate,

無不包容 nothing excluded.

十方智者 No matter when or where,

皆入此宗 enlightenment means entering this truth.

宗非促延 And this truth is beyond extension or diminution in time or space;

一念萬年 in it a single thought is ten thousand years.



無在不在 Emptiness here, Emptiness there,

十方目前 but the infinite universe stands always before your eyes.

極小同大 Infinitely large and infinitely small;

忘絶境界 no difference, for definitions have vanished

極大同小

不見邊表 and no boundaries are seen.

有即是無 So too with Being

無即是有 and non-Being.

若不如此 Don't waste time in doubts and arguments

必不相守 that have nothing to do with this.



一即一切 One thing, all things:

一切即一 move among and intermingle, without distinction.

但能如是 To live in this realization

何慮不畢 is to be without anxiety about non-perfection.

信心不二 To live in this faith is the road to non-duality,

不二信心 Because the non-dual is one with the trusting mind.



言語道斷 Words! The Way is beyond language,

非去來今 for in it there is

no yesterday

no tomorrow

no today.
"Some people think they are enlightened, some people think they are not enlightened." -- Denko
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Re: Faith Mind Inscription (Verses On the Faith Mind)

Postby bubuyaya on Sat Feb 23, 2013 3:49 am

another_being wrote:-from: http://www.sacred-texts.com/bud/zen/fm/fm.htm

Hsin-hsin Ming

至道無難 The Great Way is not difficult
唯嫌揀擇 for those who have no preferences.
....
毫釐有差 Make the smallest distinction, however
天地懸隔 and heaven and earth are set infinitely apart.
....
不識玄旨 When the deep meaning of things is not understood
徒勞念靜 the mind's essential peace is disturbed to no avail.
....
信心不二 To live in this faith is the road to non-duality,
不二信心 Because the non-dual is one with the trusting mind.
言語道斷 Words! The Way is beyond language,
非去來今 for in it there is no yesterday no tomorrow no today.


至道無難 The Great Way is not difficult,
言語道斷 where the words ways are all troubled,
非去來今 there is no past and no future but you are now.
....
信心不二 So your faith must be that all is the non-dual of you,
不二信心 such faith of the non-duality is onto your thoughts also,
唯嫌揀擇 therefore you don't need have that habit of preferring.
毫釐有差 When you put any smallest distinction at the all non-dual of you,
天地懸隔 then the difference of heaven and earth shall be spontaneously generated.
不識玄旨 Whithout through understanding the intention of non-dual principle,
徒勞念靜 people shall fruitlessly try sitting their body or mind to be quietude.

Seeking English dictionary bubu has mixed Sinsinming's order for zen people's some understanding.
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Re: Faith Mind Inscription (Verses On the Faith Mind)

Postby srivijaya on Mon Feb 25, 2013 11:01 pm

A personal favorite of mine. I like this narrated version too.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RGXk12cIMZM
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Re: Faith Mind Inscription (Verses On the Faith Mind)

Postby Seeker242 on Tue Feb 26, 2013 12:03 am

二見不住 Do not remain in the dualistic state

慎莫追尋 avoid such pursuits carefully.

纔有是非 If there is even a trace of this and that, of right and wrong,

紛然失心 the Mind-essence will be lost in confusion.


要急相應 To come directly into harmony with this reality

唯言不二 just simply say when doubt arises, 'Not two.'

不二皆同 In this 'no two' nothing is separate,

無不包容 nothing excluded.


Nothing excluded? Isn't he saying right and wrong should be excluded? If right and wrong are being excluded then how can he say nothing is excluded?
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Re: Faith Mind Inscription (Verses On the Faith Mind)

Postby unsui on Tue Feb 26, 2013 12:37 am

Seeker242 wrote:
二見不住 Do not remain in the dualistic state

慎莫追尋 avoid such pursuits carefully.

纔有是非 If there is even a trace of this and that, of right and wrong,

紛然失心 the Mind-essence will be lost in confusion.


要急相應 To come directly into harmony with this reality

唯言不二 just simply say when doubt arises, 'Not two.'

不二皆同 In this 'no two' nothing is separate,

無不包容 nothing excluded.


Nothing excluded? Isn't he saying right and wrong should be excluded? If right and wrong are being excluded then how can he say nothing is excluded?

In "not-two" there is no right and wrong - only when we are trapped in dualistic thinking is there "two", right and wrong and and confusion.
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Re: Faith Mind Inscription (Verses On the Faith Mind)

Postby Seeker242 on Tue Feb 26, 2013 12:37 pm

unsui wrote:
Seeker242 wrote:
二見不住 Do not remain in the dualistic state

慎莫追尋 avoid such pursuits carefully.

纔有是非 If there is even a trace of this and that, of right and wrong,

紛然失心 the Mind-essence will be lost in confusion.


要急相應 To come directly into harmony with this reality

唯言不二 just simply say when doubt arises, 'Not two.'

不二皆同 In this 'no two' nothing is separate,

無不包容 nothing excluded.


Nothing excluded? Isn't he saying right and wrong should be excluded? If right and wrong are being excluded then how can he say nothing is excluded?

In "not-two" there is no right and wrong - only when we are trapped in dualistic thinking is there "two", right and wrong and and confusion.


So dualistic thinking, right, wrong and confusion should be excluded?
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Re: Faith Mind Inscription (Verses On the Faith Mind)

Postby fukasetsu on Tue Feb 26, 2013 1:15 pm

unsui wrote:In "not-two" there is no right and wrong


Nor is there not Image

seeker wrote: So dualistic thinking, right, wrong and confusion should be excluded?

right and wrong, this and that, is a phantasy the conditioned mind adds to perception.
As long as no reality is ascribed by whatever is created by mind there is no "Mind-essence" to be lost in confusion for then it simply leaves no trace since it was never created at all (as "reality"), hence clear discrimination between 'right and wrong', 'this and that' is no problem and not in contradiction with the inscripition.
The text says something how the mind creates/imagines a sense of a dualistic state and ascribes reality to it, it is not that there really is such a thing as a dualistic or non-dualistic state, "not-two" is merely an expedient for those "trapped" in such a phantasy, hence there's no escape from a dualistic state also for this "escape" also only happens in the same creative field of mind.
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