“Listen to and feel the spirit of these sacred verses. They are currents of homecoming, reminders of the vast beauty and mystery that is our essence.”
~Tara Brach, Ph.D., author of Radical Acceptance
From the Introduction of Song of Trusting the Heart
The poem Hsin-Hsin Ming, or Song of Trusting the Heart, was written in the sixth century by the third Zen patriarch of China. Enlivening the spirit without overwhelming the mind, it is considered by many to be the most elegant, concise, and penetrating expression of Zen’s essence. Its haunting verses inspire a peaceful awakening that helps one see through attachments, judgments, and illusions.
Verse 8 of Song of Trusting the Heart
To return to the heart is to find meaning,
to pursue appearance is to lose our soul.
The moment we return to our heart
we transcend both appearance and emptiness.
We see that the activities of the empty world
looked real only because of our blindness.
Tamarack’s rendition updates this beloved text’s language to make it accessible to contemporary seekers. Each stanza is illustrated with a captivating brush painting by sumi-e master Jan Zaremba to create a beautiful and easy-to-use meditation guide for the 29-day lunar month. This is a tool for reflection on the most profound aspects of life, especially for people who may have limited time for contemplation. Each day’s stanza cuts through the mind’s clutter, bringing clarity and guidance.
Illustrations by Jan Zaremba’s
Published by Sentient Press
and Silver Award Winner