Wanting Enlightenment Is a Big Mistake: Teachings of Zen Master Seung Sahn

Jon Kabat-Zinn, Hyon Gak

Language: English

Pages: 117

ISBN: 2:00263025

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

A major figure in the transmission of Zen to the West, Zen Master Seung Sahn was known for his powerful teaching style, which was direct, surprising, and often humorous. He taught that Zen is not about achieving a goal, but about acting spontaneously from "don't-know mind." It is from this "before-thinking" nature, he taught, that true compassion and the desire to serve others naturally arises. This collection of teaching stories, talks, and spontaneous dialogues with students offers readers a fresh and immediate encounter with one of the great Zen masters of the twentieth century.

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disappears, you will go to Buddha’s world. But if you believe in your true self 100 percent, then you make your world, and that’s complete freedom: heaven or hell, coming and going anywhere with no hindrance.” Dae Soen Sa Nim looked at the questioner. “So I ask you, which one do you like?” The student was silent. “Anytime you open your mouth, your world appears.” The student asked, “So, who was the first person to open his mouth?” “You already understand!” Amid general laughter, the student

appear. Cut good and bad, then original waves appear. Original waves means universal waves: our waves are the same waves. So only put down everything, only go straight, don’t know. Then your original waves and original energy and Middle Way energy come together, because the cycles are the same. So coming together is possible. “Now, someone may ask, ‘How can you prove that?’ I answer, ‘What color is the sky?’ ‘Blue.’ ‘Is that good or bad?’ ‘Not good, not bad: it’s just blue.’ ‘Correct.’ When you

empty, and you can change your life, moment to moment. This is why we practice.” Zen Master Seung Sahn Remembers His Teacher ZEN MASTER KO BONG was one of the great monks of the twentieth century. After all, he received inka from the great Zen Master Man Gong, and his one Dharma heir brought Korean Buddhism to the world. But even to many of his contemporaries, and now to history, precious little is known of this severe, enigmatic monk. He rarely gave public Dharma talks, and he did not accept

ears, nose, tongue, body, and mind, human beings only believe their thinking, and then hold their thinking, and check their thinking. This is very bad. That is why you can see that some human beings who study too many books or use their heads too much often cannot find their way around outside. But people who keep a very pure and clear mind—like a farmer, or someone who is not complicated—have a very good sense of direction. They just hear some directions one time, and—boom!—it makes an image in

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