Faith of the Heart Mind: 20 English Translations of the Xinxin Ming

Faith of the Heart Mind: 20 English Translations of the Xinxin Ming July 19, 2018

 

 

As the Wikipedia article on the Xinxin Ming tells us:

“Xinxin Ming (alternate spellings Xin Xin Ming or Xinxinming) (Chinese: 信心銘; Hànyǔ Pīnyīn: Xìnxīn Míng; Wade–Giles: Hsin Hsin Ming; Japanese: Shinjinmei or Shinjin no Mei), Faith in mind, is a poem attributed to the Third Chinese Chán (Zen) Patriarch Jianzhi Sengcan 鑑智僧璨 (Hànyǔ Pīnyīn: Jiànzhì Sēngcàn; Wade–Giles: Chien-chih Seng-ts’an; Japanese: Kanchi Sōsan, died 606) and one of the earliest Chinese Chan expressions of the Buddhist mind training practice.”

It is one of the foundational documents of our Zen way. It’s importance is probably not possible to overstate.

This collection of English translations was adapted from the ever amazing Terebess archive.

On Trust in the Heart Translated by Arthur Waley
Inscribed on the Believing Mind Translated by R. H. Blyth > with commentaries

On Believing in Mind Tr. with commentaries by D. T. Suzuki (published in his Manual of Zen Buddhism)

Inscribed On the Believing Mind Translated by D. T. Suzuki (published in his Essays in Zen Buddhism)
Verses on the Faith Mind Translated by Richard B. Clarke
Inscription on Faith in Mind Translated by Dusan Pajin
Inscription on Trust in the Mind Translated by Burton Watson
Have Faith in Your Mind Translated by Shih Shen-Lung
The Mind of Absolute Trust Translated by Robert F. Olson
Trusting In Mind Translated by Hae Kwang
Affirming Faith In Mind Chant version used by the Portland Zen Community
Trusting In Mind Translated by Stanley Lombardo
Hsin Hsin Ming Chant version used by the Rochester Zen Center
Faith in Mind Translated by Master Sheng-yen > with commentaries
Have Faith in Your Mind Translated by Lu Kuan Yu (Charles Luk)
A Song of Enlightenment Translated by Philip Dunn and Peter Jourdan
Trust in Mind Translated by the Chung Tai Translation Committee
Faith in heart-and-mind Translated by Hakuun Barnhard
Faith in Mind Translated by John Balcom

Faith in Mind Translated by Andy Ferguson

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