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Song of Trusting the Heart: A Classic Zen Poem for Daily Meditation

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Enlivening the spirit without overwhelming the mind, the poem Hsin-Hsin Ming, or Song of Trusting the Heart, was written in the sixth century by the third Zen patriarch of China. It is perhaps the most encompassing and profound statement of Zen awareness we have. A beautiful daily meditation guide, the book will become a year-round fixture in readers' lives. These haunting lyrics inspire a peaceful awakening that helps one see through attachments, judgments, and illusions.

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Overview

Enlivening the spirit without overwhelming the mind, the poem Hsin-Hsin Ming, or Song of Trusting the Heart, was written in the sixth century by the third Zen patriarch of China. It is perhaps the most encompassing and profound statement of Zen awareness we have. A beautiful daily meditation guide, the book will become a year-round fixture in readers' lives. These haunting lyrics inspire a peaceful awakening that helps one see through attachments, judgments, and illusions.

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Editorial Reviews

May 30, 2012 - Lama Surya Das
This timeless Heart-Trust Song is one of my favorite Buddhist teachings. You, too, can find wisdom and delight in this wonderful poem.
Thubten Chodron
In this poem, the third Chan patriarch Jianzhi Sengcan encourages us to go beyond clinging, prejudice, and our addiction to having opinions based on our self-centeredness and ignorance. He steers us toward non-dual awareness, but arriving at that understanding is not a simple matter of our mind willing it. We need to investigate and clearly see our mistaken ways of thinking and feeling, and then through putting easeful effort into realizing how things actually exist, release them and bring to the fore love, compassion, and wisdom.
Tara Brach
Listen to and feel the spirit of these sacred verses. They are currents of homecoming, reminders of the vast beauty and mystery that is our essence.
author of The Diamond in Your Pocket Gangaji
Tamarack Song’s beautiful, clear interpretation of my favorite Zen scripture especially captures the essence of true, effortless non-dual realization. May all who see it immediately open to the always open Heart.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591811756
  • Publisher: Sentient Publications
  • Publication date: 10/16/2011
  • Pages: 98
  • Sales rank: 1,418,125
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Song is the director, founder, and lead instructor at the Teaching Drum Outdoor School in northern Wisconsin, where his mission is to return balance to the lives of those who live without it. Founded in 1987, Teaching Drum is internationally known for its year-long wilderness immersion program, as well as its wilderness and personal development classes. The purpose of the school is to aid students in reconnecting with nature and their ancestors, and surviving in the wild. The school has been featured on MTV’s True Life: I’m Living Off The Grid and CBC News: Sunday - Real Survivor. Song’s other books include Whispers of the Ancients: Native Tales for Teaching and Healing in Our Time and Journey to the Ancestral Self.
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