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Not Two - The Faith Mind Sutra - Hsin Hsin Ming

by Sima,Third Zen Ancestor


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.
If you wish to see the truth then hold no opinions for or against anything.
To set up what you like against what you dislike is the disease of the mind.
When the deep meaning of things is not understood the mind's essential peace is disturbed to no avail.


The Way is perfect like vast space where nothing is lacking and nothing is in excess.
Indeed, it is due to our choosing to accept or reject that we do not see the true nature of things.
Live neither in the entanglements of outer things, nor in inner feelings of emptiness.
Be serene in the oneness of things and such erroneous views will disappear by themselves.
When you try to stop activity to achieve passivity your very effort fills you with activity.
As long as you remain in one extreme or the other you will never know Oneness.                    


Those who do not live in the single Way fail in both  activity and passivity, assertion and denial.
To deny the reality of things is to miss their reality; to assert the emptiness of things is to miss their reality.
The more you talk and think about it, the further astray you wander from the Way.
Cut off all talking and thinking, and there is nothing you will not be able to know.
To return to the root is to find the meaning, but to pursue appearances is to miss the source.
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.
Do not seek the truth; only cease to cherish opinions.


Do not remain in the dualistic state avoid such pursuits carefully.
If there is even a trace of this and that, right and wrong, the Mind-essence will be lost in confusion.
Although all dualities come from the One, do not be attached even to this One.
When the mind exists undisturbed in the Way, nothing in the world can offend, and when a thing can no longer offend, it ceases to exist in the old way.         


When no discriminating thoughts arise, the old mind ceases to exist.
When thought objects vanish, the thinking-subject vanishes,as when the mind vanishes, objects vanish.
Things are objects because of the mind; the mind is such because of things.
Understand both as originally one emptiness.
In Emptiness the two are the same, and each contains the ten thousand things.
If you do not discriminate between coarse and fine you will not be tempted to prejudice and opinion.                            


To live in the Great Way is neither easy nor difficult, but those with limited views
Their minds get lost, the faster they hurry, the slower they go, and clinging cannot be limited; even to be attached to the idea of enlightenment is to go astray.
Just let things be in their own way and there will be neither coming nor going.

Obey the nature of things, your own nature, and you will be free, easy, and undisturbed.
When thought is in bondage the truth is hidden, for everything is murky and unclear, and the burdensome practice of judging brings annoyance and weariness.
What benefit can be derived from distinctions and separations?                              


If you wish to move in the One Way do not dislike even the world of senses and ideas.
Indeed, to accept them fully is identical with true Enlightenment.
The wise man strives to no goals but the foolish man fetters himself.
There is one Dharma, not many; distinctions arise from the clinging needs of the ignorant.
To seek Mind with the discriminating mind is the greatest of all mistakes.          

Rest and unrest derive from illusion; with enlightenment there is no liking and disliking.
All dualities come from ignorant inference.
They are like dreams of flowers in the air: foolish to try to grasp them.


Gain and loss, right and wrong: such thoughts must finally be abolished at once. 

If the eye never sleeps, all dreams will naturally cease.
If the mind makes no distinctions, the ten thousand things are one essence.
To understand the mystery of this essence is to be released from all entanglements.           

See the ten thousand things as equal and return to true nature.
Without any distinctions there can be no comparisons.                                       

Stop and there is no motion.

Move and there is no stillness.                                                                         

Without motion or stillness, how can a single thing exist?                                     


In true nature there are no goals or plans.                                                               

In the mind before thinking no effort is made.
Doubts and worries vanish and life in true faith is restored.
With a single stroke we are freed from bondage; nothing clings to us and we hold to nothing.
All is empty, clear, self-illuminating, with no exertion of the mind's power.         

In the mind without effort, thinking cannot take root.                                             

In the true Dharma world there is no self or other.                                                 

To come directly into harmony with this reality just say  “Not two.”
“Not two” includes everything. 

Nothing is separate.                                                                                    


Enlightened beings everywhere all return to the Source.
Beyond time and space a single thought is ten thousand years.                   

Emptiness here, Emptiness there, but the infinite universe is always before you.
Infinitely large is infinitely small: No boundaries, no differences.
So too with Being and non-Being.
Don't waste time in doubts and arguments that have nothing to do with this.     


One thing, all things: move among and intermingle, without distinction.
To live in this realization is to be without anxiety.                                            

When you see things like this, You are already complete.                                       

Trust and Mind are not two. Not-two is Trust inMind.   

The Way is beyond all words: Not past, not future, not present.

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I started to read this yesterday but didn't have a chance to finish reading it tell today. But last evening after reading a bit I stopped for a moment to analyze what was flowing through that wasn't pleasant in nature. But it was pleasant cause it was happening from a witness of it. I sat and I noticed although I was feeling really good from the movement of the energies activating my nervous system there was a mix of some depression to it. So I attached myself to it to feel it. As I did I got go feel it and experience it. Then I let it go again and I was not experiencing it. In the mix of things I have found that the pleasant and unpleasant dissolve back into the bliss and ectsasy.

Its like everything that is being said here makes perfect sense. And then there is an aspect of how it doesn't. Yet it still does. Some how preferences can arise and fall back into themselves. And in the rising and falling can make for a lot of growth and make me capable of being a person with an identity, preferences, and so on, while also being a being that does not. Some how this happens and it comes out of its own power that it seems to happen. Also it at times can come out of my own preference to take the witness stand and just watch it. Or I could embrace an emotion and utilize it to launch myself into a deeper silence and ectsasy. Like a catapult. Its defenetely still all a mystery to me. And I think this is really good writing. Even if I think it leaves some things out based on my personal experience. Which only means something to me of course.

Thanks for sharing the writing Jeff!

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I have experienced this essence where everything is One. For months at a time. Then the discriminating mind and old stories have surfaced to be seen. Learning a lot from the idea of no discrimination. Like the Rumi poem that I sang with Chloe Goodchild, Out beyond ideas of right and wrong doing. Feeling myself touch this truth more deeply now. Powerful writing.

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