The Great Way- Zen Faith Mind Poem
“The Great Way”or Hsin Hsin Ming is a Zen poem that transcends the boundaries of time and culture to touch the essence of human existence. Penned by the third Zen patriarch, Sengcan in the 6th century, this profound work beautifully encapsulates the fundamental teachings of Zen philosophy, and is a reminder that the direct path to awakening is not about seeking external answers or elaborate practices, but about looking within and recognizing the undivided oneness that already exists.
This poem is often translated as “Verses on the Faith-Mind, and also referred to as the “heart-mind” wisdom, or “beginners mind”.
A mind with true faith is a “don’t know” mind.