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On Trusting the Heart: A Commentary on Sengcan's Xin Xin Ming
Jim Wilson, Author of On Trusting the Heart: A Commentary on the Xin Xin Ming
Original Date: Thursday, May 4, 2017
The early history of Zen / Chan in China has left us with a multitude of insightful works that continue to inspire many people today. One of these is the poem known as the Xin Xin Ming, or 'On Trusting the Heart' written by Sengcan, the third teacher of this tradition in China, following Bodhidharma and Huike. Jim Wilson, the author of this commentary on the Xin Xin Ming, was introduced to the poem by his teacher, Zen Master Seung Sahn. As part of his practice Jim chanted the poem every morning for several decades. In addition, he read material about the poem and other commentaries that are available in translation. Though Jim wrote his commentary over 30 years ago, he has just now published it for the general public. In the commentary Jim integrates his meditation practice, his knowledge of western philosophy and views, and shows how this ancient poem meaningfully guides us in realms of thought and spiritual practice that are surprisingly varied.
Jim Wilson is a former Zen Monk, former Abbot of a Buddhist Temple, and served as a Chaplain at a Prison for the Criminally Insane. He currently spends most of his free time writing poetry and is a member of the local Quaker Meeting.