Song of Trusting the Heart: A Classic Zen Poem for Daily Meditation

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Sentient Publications, 2011 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 98 pages
Zen masters say only one thing matters in life -- the now, and only one thing matters at death -- a peaceful heart. The way to achieve both is vibrantly expressed in the poem "Song of Trusting the Heart" (also known as Hsin Hsin Ming or Faith Mind Inscription), an ancient Chinese scripture beloved by sages and considered a cornerstone of Zen Buddhism. Written in the 6th century by Jianzhi Sengcan -- the third Zen patriarch of China -- the poem inspires its readers to experience life without the burdens of attachments and judgements, however the few existing translations are either dated or weighed down with commentary. Tamarack Song, a student of nature and indigenous cultures, adapts these verses to the modern seeker, while staying faithful to the poem's original phrasing. Each stanza is embellished with a striking full-page, original illustration by the Japanese brush-painting master Jan Zaremba. The book starts with a brief introduction to Zen, exploring its obscure origins, then offers one verse for each day of the lunar month. This beautiful little volume will become a daily meditation guide for those looking for refinement and peace in our modern world.

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Song is the director, founder, and lead instructor at the Teaching Drum Outdoor School in northern Wisconsin, where his mission is to return balance to the lives of those who live without it. Founded in 1987, Teaching Drum is internationally known for its year-long wilderness immersion program, as well as its wilderness and personal development classes. The purpose of the school is to aid students in reconnecting with nature and their ancestors, and surviving in the wild. The school has been featured on MTV's True Life: I'm Living Off The Grid and CBC News: Sunday - Real Survivor. Song's other books include Whispers of the Ancients: Native Tales for Teaching and Healing in Our Time and Journey to the Ancestral Self.

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