Seng-ts’an

The perfect Tao is without difficulty
Save that it avoids picking and choosing.
Follow your nature and accord with the Tao;
Saunter along and stop worrying.
If your thoughts are tied you spoil what is genuine.
Don’t be antagonistic to the world of the senses,
For when you are not antagonistic to it,
It turns out to be the same as complete Awakening.
The wise person does not strive (wu-wei)
The ignorant man ties himself up …
If you work on your mind with your mind,
How can you avoid an immense confusion?

A poem said to be written by Seng-ts’an in the 7th century A.D. – called the ‘Treatise on Faith in the Mind’ – is said to be the first clear and comprehensive statement of Zen.