Trust in Mind: The Rebellion of Chinese Zen [NOOK Book]

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"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."

So begins "Trust in Mind," the beloved poem that has again and again welcomed generations to their practice of Zen Buddhism. Traditionally attributed to the third Chinese ancestor of Zen (Sengcan, d. 606), it is often considered the first historical "Zen" document and remains...
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Trust in Mind: The Rebellion of Chinese Zen

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Overview

"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."

So begins "Trust in Mind," the beloved poem that has again and again welcomed generations to their practice of Zen Buddhism. Traditionally attributed to the third Chinese ancestor of Zen (Sengcan, d. 606), it is often considered the first historical "Zen" document and remains an anchor of Zen Buddhist practice to this day.

Here, scholar and commentator Mu Soeng explores the poem's importance and impact in three sections: The Dharma of Trust in Mind, The Tao of Trust in Mind, and The Chan of Trust in Mind. Finally, a brilliant line-by-line commentary brings the elements of this ancient work completely to life for the modern reader.

Trust in Mind is the first book of its kind, looking at this very important Zen text from historical and cultural contexts, as well as from the practitioner's point of view. It is sure to interest readers of Mu Soeng and his fellow Buddhist contemporaries, as well as those with an interest in meditation and Eastern religions--most especially Zen practitioners, academics, philosophers, and scholars of Mind.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780861717941
  • Publisher: Wisdom Publications MA
  • Publication date: 2/8/2013
  • Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 891,665
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Mu Soeng, a former Zen monk and teacher, is the scholar-in-residence at the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies. He is the author of many books on Buddhism, including Trust in Mind and The Diamond Sutra. He lives in Barre, Massachusetts.

Jan Chozen Bays is the abbess of Great Vow Zen Monastery, and the author of Jizo Bodhisattva.
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Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
A note on the pronunciation of Chinese names
Introduction 1
A note on the translation 8
Trust in mind : the poem 11
1 The dharma of trust in mind 21
2 The tao of trust in mind 39
3 The chan of trust in mind 53
Commentary 71
App. I: Other translations of the poem 131
App. II: Chinese text of the poem 175
App. III Excerpts on emptiness from Heart sutra and Diamond sutra commentaries 177
Notes 187
Bibliography 191
Index 195
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