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hsinhsinming experiment ... a WIP [work in progress]
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HsinHsinMing
信 心 銘
(SHINJIN-NO-MEI)
(ON BELIEVING IN MIND)
"Poem on the True Mind"
by Seng Ts'an
僧璨大師
(Chien-chih)

(:Sosan)

Third Zen Patriarch
[Died 606CE]


信心銘 ................. Hsinhsinming
僧璨大師 ............. Seng Ts'an


信 ... xin4 .................. trust, believe; letter
心 ... xin1 .................. heart; mind, intelligence; soul
銘 ... ming2 .............. inscribe, engrave; unforgettably


僧 ... seng1 .............. buddhist priest, monk; san of Sanskrit sangha
璨 ... can4 ................ gems; luster of gems; lustrous
大 ... da4 dai4 tai4 ... big, great, vast, large, high
師 ... shi1 .................. teacher, master, specialist; multitude, troops


#01 至道無難,惟嫌揀擇

There is nothing difficult about the Great Way, But, avoid choosing!

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zhi4 die2 reach, arrive; extremely, very 81F3
dao4 dao3 path, road, street; method, way 9053
wu2 mo2 negative, no, not; lack, have no 7121
nan2 difficult, arduous, hard; unable 96E3
wei2 but, however, nevertheless; only 60DF
xian2 hate, detest; suspect; criticize 5ACC
jian3 choose; select; pick up; gather 63C0
ze2 zhai2 select, choose, pick out 64C7


#02 但莫憎愛,洞然明白

Only when you neither love nor hate, Does it appear in all clarity.

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dan4 only; but, however, yet, still 4F46
mo4 mu4 do not, is not, can not; negative83AB
zeng1 hate, detest, abhor; hatred 618E
ai4 love, be fond of, like 611B
dong4 cave, grotto; ravine; hole 6D1E
ran2 yes, certainly; pledge, promise7136
ming2 bright, light, brilliant; clear 660E
bai2 bo2 white; pure, unblemished; bright767D

#03 毫厘有差,天地懸隔

A hair's breadth of deviation from it,And deep gulf is set between heaven and earth.

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#04 欲得現前,莫存順逆

If you want to get hold of what it looks like, Do not be anti- or pro- anything.

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#05 違順相爭,是為心病

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#06 不識玄旨,徒勞念靜

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#07 圓同太虛,無欠無余

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#08 良由取舍,所以不如

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#09 莫逐有緣,勿往空忍

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#10 一種平懷,泯然自盡

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#11 止動歸止,止更彌動

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#12 惟滯兩邊,寧知一種

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#13 一種不通,兩處失功

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#14 遣有沒有,從空背空

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#15 多言多慮,轉不相應

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#16 絕言絕慮,無處不通

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#17 歸根得旨,隨照失宗

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#18 須臾反照,勝卻前空

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#19 前空轉變,皆由妄見

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#20 不用求真,惟須息見

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#21 二見不住,慎莫追尋

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#22 才有是非,紛然失心

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#23 二由一有,一亦莫守

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#24 一心不生,萬法無咎

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