Zen and Meditation. Ancient Poetry

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The Third Zen Patriarch, Janzhi Sengcan, wrote in his poem Xinxin Ming:

 

“The more you talk and think about it, the further astray you wander from the truth. Stop talking and thinking, and there is nothing you will not be able to know. To return to the root is to find the meaning, but to pursue appearances is to miss their source. At the moment of inner enlightenment there is a going beyond appearances and emptiness.”

These words were written almost 1,500 years ago in China.

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