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Faith Mind

"Although immense suffering is evident in our world today, nevertheless everything is manifesting intrinsic perfection.  This seeming paradox cannot be resolved by ordinary thinking.", Richard B. Clarke

"Faith Mind"
is the complete reading of the Hsin-hsin Ming, by the 3rd Patriarch of Zen, Seng-ts'an, as translated by the poet Roshe Richard B. Clarke.  It also features commentary and a conversation about history and non-ordinary thinking.

Richard Clarke began Zen training in 1968, a thirteen year period of formal practice.  His lineage combines both Soto and Rinzai teachings and he has received transmission, which is to say is recognized as understanding by his own teacher.

Richard Clarke founded "The Living Dharma Center" in 1972.  (P.O. Box 304, Amherst, MA, 01004, info@livingdharmacenter.org).  His translation of "Verses on the Faith-Mind" was first published in 1973.

Faith-Mind:  Hsin-hsin Ming 570 CE

By Seng-ts'an, Third Chinese Patriarch of Zen.  Very little is known about the man.  He apparently wandered and lived in hiding during a great persecution of Buddhists around 574.  His death is said to have occurred in the year 606.

Personally, the Faith-Mind Verses have offered me a gift for almost forty years.  In the early 70's Ram Dass recorded Richard's translation in an album called "Love, Serve, Remember".  At a young age living poorly with monks and hippies it was my gift to others as I hand wrote the Faith-Mind Verses and gave them away as a gift beyond value.  Somehow after a life with it as my cornerstone, I don't need to understand.  The resonance of practice and repetition, gives me a frame of reference and peace as the verses echo in my consciousness against the questions of the day.

"When all things are seen equally, the timeless self essence is reached."