Wednesday, April 15, 2009
The Hsin Hsin Ming - Seng-ts’an
This is an interpretation of the Hsin Hsin Ming. The Hsin Hsin Ming (Shinjinmei in Japanese) is a verse attributed to the Third Chinese Chan (Zen) Patriarch Seng-ts’an (known as Sosan in Japan). Written in the 6th century, it is considered the first clear and comprehensive statement of Zen. The Hsin Hsin Ming has been much beloved by Zen practitioners for over a thousand years. It is still studied today in Western Zen circles. Its core is nonduality and I find it is as relevant today as it was then.