Transliterations by Bob O'Hearn from Paradise, California
By Seng T'san
Satisfying the deepest longing
at the heart isn’t difficult –
just practice letting go
of grasping and avoiding,
and recognize what remains
as your own native happiness.
When we cling to differences,
heart and mind conflict.
If you want to end the inner war,
don’t be for or against.
The argument with oneself
is the primal disease of the mind.
Not awake to the deeper principle,
we persist in disturbing our natural harmony.
Luminous spaciousness, empty and full --
that's the mind of least resistance,
the mind of carefree humility.
Habitually craving and avoiding,
we can’t allow mind’s true nature,
Clear Light, to reveal itself.
Don’t get bewildered by things;
don’t lose yourself in what changes.
Be at peace in the immaculate
transparency of all arising;
stop trying to be
When we don’t live as Tao Itself,
boundless and non-dwelling,
we part ways with our natural happiness,
confusing ourselves with borrowed
schemes and dogmas, claims
Believing the world is real, we're
ignorant of its deeper reality.
Denying the world is real, we're
blind to the selfless innocence
of all forthcoming things.
Open those eyes!
The more we think about it all,
the farther we are from the truth.
Dropping off both body and mind,
there’s nowhere we can’t go.
Returning to the heart, we’re welcomed home;
chasing appearances,we lose their source.
In one moment of unbiased clear seeing,
we can transcend both form and emptiness.
Don’t keep searching for truth;
just let go of all opinions,
and truth will find you.
For the mind surrendered,
all selfishness dissolves.
Free of doubt, fearless in love,
we can trust the universe
Nothing to gain, nothing
to lose - all is empty,
In the world of all-as-is,
there is no self, no non-self.
If we want to speak plainly,
the best we can point to is
At the heart of surrender
there’s no separation,
nothing to add
no lost nor found,
no bondage nor liberation,
no here nor there,
no this nor that --
the awakened awaken
to this truth, as
The tiny is as large as the vast
when conceptual distinctions vanish.
The vast is as small as the tiny,
when mental limitations dissolve.
Being is an expression of non-being,
non-being is no different from being.
Until we understand this truth,
we won’t see anything clearly.
One is all, all is one --
when this becomes self-evident,
what interest in stages or categories
can occupy one's attention any longer?
Preachers become obsolete.
The mind of absolute trust is beyond
all thought, all striving, all motive
to know, to cling, or to turn away.
It is non-dwelling mind,
perfectly at home, at peace,
for within it there is no past,
no future, no present --
only what is.