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Introduction to Non-Dual Insight: The Poem ‘Faith in Mind’

Monday January 15 at 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm MST

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Join Topi Heikkerö to explore one of the first Ch’an (Zen) Buddhist poems: “Faith in Mind” by Master Sengcan, the Third Chinese Ch’an patriarch. This brief poem puts forth the central teaching of non-duality in clear and yet profound way.

“The Supreme Way is not difficult

If only you don’t pick and choose.”

In this manner begins “Faith in Mind” (Xin Xin Ming) attributed to Jianxi Sengcan (529-613). Sengcan was the Third Ch’an Patriarch in China. This is his only surviving written document. This poem expounds Sengcan’s Ch’an teaching in concise and clear way. It is easy read but hard to digest fully. In this salon, we will consider together this teaching that intends to help us beyond our dichotomizing thinking. Central dualities questioned, and shown empty, are self and the world, life and death, as well as gain and loss. One needs no academic knowledge, no belief in the Buddhist doctrine or spiritual practice to attend the salon. We’ll marvel together to what kind of freedom the poem is pointing.

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Monday January 15
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm MST
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