Cultivating the Mind of Love

Thich Nhat Hanh

Language: English

Pages: 140

ISBN: 1888375787

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Korea's premier poet, the former Buddhist monk Ko Un, presents 108 Zen poems. Ko Un, who is affectionately called "the great mountain peak" by his friends, is a traveler on the Way. Throughout his eventful life as monk, poet, novelist, political dissident, husband and father, Ko Un has dashed like a galloping horse, always moving and searching.

When this volume first appeared in 1997 with the title Beyond Self, Ko Un and the translators were not very happy with it. In addition to now receiving a title which more accurately reflects the the original Korean, the translations have been slightly revised to bring them closer to the originals. Also added were eleven original brush painting by the author.

It is a joy to re-introduce Ko Un, a compassionate poet, who said that "A poet should cry many days before becoming a poet. A poet must have cried for others when he was three or four years old." The poems in this volume offer 108 glimpses of Ko Un. His poems are also 108 ways to look at ourselves.

Forewords by Thich Nhat Hanh and Allen Ginsberg.

11 new brush-painting illustrations by the author.

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perfect understanding (prajñaparamita) as his or her mother. Living beings have never been born and are pure from the very start. That is the practice of the highest perfection. The bodhisattva, while carrying living beings to the other shore, does not see a single being. This is not difficult to understand. In the Diamond Sutra, the Buddha says that there are four notions we have to examine carefully: self, person, living being, and life span. “When this innumerable, immeasurable, infinite

Lotus Sutra. Suddenly they hear, “Wonderful! Wonderful! Shakyamuni Buddha is teaching the Lotus Sutra.” Looking up, the entire assembly of monks, nuns, and bodhisattvas sees a beautiful stupa, a tower suspended in midair. The Buddha tells them, “The Buddha Prabhutaratna (Abundant Treasures) is here, witnessing our Dharma talk.” In the Lotus Sutra, whenever people are touching the earth, sitting on Gridhrakuta Mountain, they are in the historical dimension. When their attention is directed into

with me at that moment. We can do that by dissolving the idea that we are only here and now. We are simultaneously everywhere, in all times. When you touch the soil here, you touch the soil there also. When you touch the present moment, you touch the past and the future. When you touch time, you touch space. When you touch space, you touch time. When you touch the lemon tree in early spring, you touch the lemons that will be there in three or four months. You can do that because the lemons are

compassion, but expressing compassion through action. Since then, this has all become a reality. Monks and nuns in Vietnam now help prostitutes, teach street children, and do many other kinds of social work. But at that time, these projects were just a dream. As we discussed these things, I could see her happiness, so I continued to talk until my throat became sore. Seeing that, she went to her room and brought me some cough drops. I still remember the trademark on the box, Pates des Vosges. If

them correctly. Do not practice just to show off or argue with others. Practice to attain liberation, and if you do, you will have little pain or exhaustion. “Bhikkhus, an intelligent student of the Dharma is like a man who uses a forked stick to catch a snake. When he sees a poisonous snake in the wild, he places the stick right below the head of the snake and grabs the snake’s neck with his hand. Even if the snake winds itself around the man’s hand, leg, or another part of his body, it will

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