Sosan Zenji, aka Chien-chih Seng-Tsan or Ch'an Seng-ts'an

Sosan
Zenji, aka Chien-chih Seng-Tsan or Ch'an Seng-ts'an
606

Chinese Third Zen Patriarch, Poet who wrote Classic Zen Scripture “Hsin Hsin Ming” - "Verses on the Faith-Mind" - "The Book of Nothing", he initiated Tao-hsin (Dõshin) into the profound doctrines of zen

Author Quotes

If you ignore its profundity, you can never practice stillness. Like the Great Void, it is Perfect and lacks nothing, nor has any excess. If you discriminate, you will miss its suchness. Cling not to external causes, nor stay in the Void. Differentiation ceases if you can be impartial. Stillness comes when all disturbances are stopped, clinging to stillness is also a mistake. If you cling to opposites, how will you know the One?

If you wish to see the truth then hold no opinions for or against anything.

Indeed, it is due to our choosing to accept or reject that we do not see the true nature of things.

Just let things be in their own way and there will be neither coming nor going.

Live neither in the entanglements of outer things nor in the inner feelings of emptiness.

Make the smallest distinction however and heaven and earth are set infinitely apart.

One thing, all things: move along and intermingle without distinction.

Be serene in the Oneness of things and such erroneous views will disappear by themselves.

Oneness itself cannot exist, to this ultimate finality no law or description applies.

Consider movement stationary, and the stationary in motion. Both movement and rest disappear when such dualities cease to exist.

Rest and unrest derive from passion, with enlightenment there is no liking or disliking.

Do not search for the truth only cease to cherish opinions. Do not remain in a dualistic state, avoid such pursuits carefully. If there is even a trace of this and that, of right and wrong, the Mind-essence will be lost in confusion.

The Great Way is not difficult for those who have no preferences.

Don't waste time in doubts and arguments that have nothing to do with this

Even to be attached to the idea of enlightenment is to go astray.

All dualities come from ignorant inference they are like dreams or flowers in the air. Foolish to try to grasp them.

All is empty, clear, self-illumination with no exertion of the mind's power. Here thought, feeling, knowledge and imagination are of no value in this world of Suchness there is neither self nor other than self.

Although all dualities come from the One do not be attached even to the One.

And when things can no longer offend it ceases to exist in the old way.

As long as you remain in one extreme or the other you will never know Oneness.

At the moment of inner enlightenment there is a going beyond appearance and emptiness. The changes that appear to occur in the empty world we call real only because of our ignorance.

The Way is perfect like vast space.

The Ultimate Path has no difficulties - Just avoid picking and choosing. Don't hate or love, and you'll be lucid and clear. When there's the slightest distinction it's as far apart as heaven and earth. If you want it to appear before you, don't keep to going with or going against.

If there is even a trace of this and that, of right and wrong, the Mind-essence will be lost in confusion.

To set up what you like against what you dislike is the dis-ease of the mind. When the deep meaning of things is not understood, the mind's essential peace is disturbed to no avail.

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First Name
Sosan
Last Name
Zenji, aka Chien-chih Seng-Tsan or Ch'an Seng-ts'an
Death Date
606
Bio

Chinese Third Zen Patriarch, Poet who wrote Classic Zen Scripture “Hsin Hsin Ming” - "Verses on the Faith-Mind" - "The Book of Nothing", he initiated Tao-hsin (Dõshin) into the profound doctrines of zen