Sojun’s class subject for the spring practice period will be the Hsin Hsin Ming (Trust in Mind). The Hsin Hsin Ming is a fundamental classic of Zen literature, concerning the interpenetration of duality and non-duality, related to our clinging to preferences and views. The Hsin Hsin Ming or Xinxin Ming is by the third Chinese Zen ancestor, Seng-ts’an who lived in the sixth century.
Sojun has taken previous English translations from the Chinese and made edits of his own for clarity. We’ll use Sojun’s edited version for our text. Copies are now on the BZC patio shelf. If you’re interested in other translations and a cultural/historical background to the text as well as commentary, one source is Trust in Mind by Mu Soeng. In the back section are multiple translated versions arranged in a compact and easy to compare format. Its available online used for less than $10.
Class times are Thursday evenings 7:15 pm – 8:45 pm. Dates are May 5, 12, 19, 26, and June 2.
The sign up for class is on the patio bulletin board. Fee for the series is $50, payable preferably by check at class. Discounts are possible by speaking with class coordinator Ron Nestor at class. Questions can be sent to Ron at firstname.lastname@example.org.