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The Mind of Absolute Trust - Inspirational Reading Jun 8, 2008

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    Inspirational Reading from the Center program of June 8, 2008. Selected and read by Ray Jones The Mind of Absolute Trust Seng T san, the third Zen Patriarch:
    Message 1 of 1 , Jun 8, 2008
      Inspirational Reading from the Center program of June 8, 2008.
      Selected and read by Ray Jones

      The Mind of Absolute Trust
      Seng T'san, the third Zen Patriarch:

      The great way isn't difficult for those who are unattached to their
      preferences. Let go of longing and aversion, and everything will be
      perfectly clear. When you cling to a hairbreadth of distinction,
      heaven and earth are set apart. If you want to realize the truth,
      don't be for or against. The struggle between good and evil is the
      primal disease of the mind. Not grasping the deeper meaning, you just
      trouble your minds serenity. As vast as infinite space, it is perfect
      and lacks nothing. But because you select and reject, you can't
      perceive its true nature. Don't get entangled in the world; don't
      lose yourself in emptiness. Be at peace in the oneness of things, and
      all errors will disappear by themselves. If you don't live the Tao,
      you fall into assertion or denial. Asserting that the world is real,
      you are blind to its deeper reality; denying that the world is real,
      you are blind to the selflessness of all things. The more you think
      about these matters, the farther you are from the truth. Step aside
      from all thinking, and there is nowhere you can't go. Returning to
      the root, you find the meaning; chasing appearances, you lose there
      source. At the moment of profound insight, you transcend both
      appearance and emptiness. Don't keep searching for the truth; just
      let go of your opinions. For the mind in harmony with the Tao, all
      selfishness disappears. With not even a trace of self-doubt, you can
      trust the universe completely. All at once you are free, with nothing
      left to hold on to. All is empty, brilliant, perfect in its own
      being. In the world of things as they are, there is no self, no non
      self. If you want to describe its essence, the best you can say
      is "Not-two." In this "Not-two" nothing is separate, and nothing in
      the world is excluded. The enlightened of all times and places have
      entered into this truth. In it there is no gain or loss; one instant
      is ten thousand years. There is no here, no there; infinity is right
      before your eyes. The tiny is as large as the vast when objective
      boundaries have vanished; the vast is as small as the tiny when you
      don't have external limits. Being is an aspect of non-being; non-
      being is no different from being. Until you understand this truth,
      you won't see anything clearly. One is all; all are one. When you
      realize this, what reason for holiness or wisdom? The mind of
      absolute trust is beyond all thought, all striving, is perfectly at
      peace, for in it there is no yesterday, no today, no tomorrow.

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