No Mind

Letting go of greed, anger, and ignorance

is identical with following a healthy diet;

while purifying the mind, body, and speech

is to be released from all worldly bias.

My pure nature is naturally in harmony

with your selfless state;

all things are of single essence

in the no-mind realm.

~ Translated from Shi De’s original verses written in the Tang dynasty

无瞋是持戒,心净即出家。我性与汝合,一切法无差。

~ 拾得 (唐代)

Shi De, aka Shih-Te or Pickup, was a monk on Mount Tiantai in the Tang dynasty. Allegedly, as a little boy he was abandoned by his parents and adopted by Feng Gan – a legendary Buddhist poet at the Guoqing Temple on Mt. Tiantai, and ever since he spent most of his life working and practicing at the temple, forming the famous “Tiantai Trio” (天台三聖) with Feng Gan and their mutual friend – Han Shan (Cold Mountain).