Treatise on the Observation of the Mind
Treatise on the Observation of the Mind, The
観心論 (Chin Kuan-hsin-lun; Jpn Kanjin-ron )
A work by T'ient'ai (538-597) that encourages practice of the four forms of meditation, with emphasis on the observation of the mind. This work is said to have been compiled from an oral teaching T'ient'ai gave immediately before his death and which he described as his will. T'ient'ai's successor, Chang-an, wrote a commentary on the work titled The Annotations on "The Treatise on the Observation of the Mind." While The Treatise on the Observation of the Mind is considered an important text of the T'ient'ai school, Miao-lo pointed out that it limits itself to the four forms of meditation and does not touch on other important principles such as the three thousand realms in a single moment of life, which T'ient'ai expounded in Great Concentration and Insight.
See also four forms of meditation.