“Relying on Mind” by Seng-ts’an

As part of my discussion of “just sitting” this past Tuesday evening (May 28), I read the first twenty-four lines of “Relying on Mind,” a Dharma poem written by Seng-ts’an, the Third Ancestor of Ch’an. I wanted to share the complete text of this amazing poem with you, so here it is. This translation comes from The Roaring Stream: A New Zen Reader, edited by Nelson Foster and Jack Shoemaker. This anthology of Ch’an and Zen Buddhist literature is incredible, well worth the purchase price. I plan to read and discuss some more lines from “Relying on Mind” during the next “Intro to Zen” class (on June 11), when I’ll continue my discussion of “just sitting.”