The Great Way is not difficult for those unchained to preferences.

Attach to the smallest preference, however,

and Heaven and Earth are set infinitely apart.

To set up what you like against what you dislike

is the dis-ease of the (conditioned) mind.

The Way is perfect

like the vast infinity

of time-space

where nothing is lacking

and nothing is in excess.

When the heart-mind abides

undisturbed in the Way,

no-thing in the world can offend,

and when a thing can no longer offend,

it simply —

naturally —

of its own accord —

ceases to exist in the old way.

So just let things be —

in their own way —

and there will be no

“this” or “that” —

“black” or “white” —

“good” or “evil” —

“right” or “wrong” —

“coming” or “going.”

To fathom the indescribable mystery of this One-Essence

is to be emancipated from all entanglements —

all

suffering.

When all things are perceived clearly —

without distortion —

the

timeless

boundless

Heart-Mind

is

awakened.

No comparisons or analogies are possible

when we return to the Origin —

where we

ironically

have

ever

and

always

been.

To come directly into sympathetic resonance

with the Fundamental Reality (Truth) —

whenever you find yourself confused

or mired in doubt —

remind yourself…

“Not two.”

In the realization of

not two

we

awaken —

as if from a dream —

and

remember…

nothing is separate —

nothing is excluded.

Nothing is missing.

Nothing is broken.

Perfect Integrity.

Perfect Equilibrium.

Perfect

Peace.

And as we awaken

to this fundamental law of Life

we likewise awaken

to our own Innate Integrity —

our own Innate Purity —

and

naturally —

without force

or contrivance —

manifest

(embody)

the

Truth.

And the Truth is beyond extension or diminution —

beyond

space

and

time —

in it a single thought is ten thousand years.

What more can I possibly say?

Words are truly inadequate —

for the Way

is fundamentally beyond language.

In it there is no yesterday

no tomorrow

no today.

Just

this…

not

two.

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— a literary adaptation of select verses from Xìn Xīn Míng 信心铭 (The Heart-Mind of Absolute Trust Sutra), a gāthā of Sõsan Sêng-ts’an, 6th century CE Ch’an (Zen) Buddhist monk, abbot and spiritual teacher, based on works by Osho, Anil Singh-Molare and Stephen Mitchell