Hsin-Hsin Ming

Weighing in at only 20 grammes and numbering 4, count them 4 pages of A7 paper, the Seng-Ts’An is a diamond-hard commentary on the Way, with a capital Way. Here are the first three verses for your delectation and delight:

“The Great Way is not difficult
for those not attached to preferences.
When neither love nor hate arises,
all is clear and undisguised.
Separate by the smallest amount, however,
and you are as far from it as heaven is from earth.

If you wish to know the truth,
Then hold to no opinions for or against anything.
To set up what you like against what you dislike
is the disease of the mind.

When the fundamental nature of things is not recognized
the mind’s essential peace is disturbed to no avail.
The Way is perfect, as vast space is perfect,
where nothing is lacking and nothing is in excess.”