Here, Master Sheng Yen offers a guide to Chan practice based on the famous text Faith in Mind by Seng Ts'an. I did t adopt a scholarly point of view or analytical approach, he says, rather I use the poem as a taking-off point to inspire the practitioner and to deal with issues that arise during the course of practice. The phrase 'faith in mind' contains the two meanings of 'believing in' and 'realizing' the mind. True faith in mind is the belief grounded in realization that we have a fundamental, unmoving, and unchanging mind. This mind is precisely Buddha mind.
Master Sheng Yen is the best-known Chan (Chinese Zen) master in America, having taught in the U.S. since 1976. His Dharma Drum Buddhist Association has twenty-one centers throughout North America, as well as dozens of others throughout the world. He has co-led retreats with the Dalai Lama and is the author of numerous books.