By Seung Sahn

Zen is known for koans (called kong-ans in Korean, and during this book), these strange and possible unanswerable questions Zen masters pose to their scholars to ascertain their recognition (such as “What is the sound of 1 hand clapping?”). worry of koans retains a few humans from ever giving Zen perform a attempt. yet the following, during the adventure of seeing a contemporary Zen grasp paintings together with his scholars, one can find what koan education is admittedly like: It’s a skillful, vigorous perform for reaching wisdom.

This booklet offers the method of ten koans that Zen grasp Seung Sahn got here to name the “Ten Gates.” those koans signify the fundamental forms one will stumble upon in any process research. all the ten gates, or koans, is illuminated by means of real interchanges among Zen grasp Seung Sahn and his scholars that convey what the perform is all approximately: it really is in particular a strategy of coming to belief one’s personal knowledge, and of manifesting that knowledge in each koan-like scenario lifestyles provides us with.

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No. ” one other solution. “Good. ” He nods, then leans ahead on his stick. “Now, a guy comes into the temple, smoking a cigarette. He starts to drop ashes at the statue of Buddha. He says for those who attempt to cease him, he'll hit you. What do you do? ” My middle thumps as soon as, challenging. Then I without notice recognize what transparent brain is: i've got no resolution in any respect. “This guy is shedding ashes at the Buddha. What do you do? ” I resolution. “No. ” He shakes his head. “No, he'll hit you if you happen to do this. you begin a struggle? Do you know what I suggest via hit? ” And he places his stick over his correct shoulder as though getting ready to swing at a pitch. “Hit. Hit. ” “What do you do? ” he asks me back, resting his stick element down at the mat in entrance of him. I supply one other resolution, commencing to think disheartened now. “No,” he says softly, shaking his head, then faucets my knee back with the stick, one other thirty blows. “No. you want to have a transparent brain. whilst your brain is apparent, it's like a replicate. while pink comes, what do you spot? ” I resolution. He nods. “When white comes, what do you notice? ” resolution. Nod, eyes closed. “Must have transparent brain. ” His palms shape a hapchang; he makes his dismissal bow, earrings his bell: the interview is over. I bow and depart the room, very discouraged. midway again to the Dharma room, I abruptly comprehend. APPENDIX 1 Notes at the Zen Masters of the 10 Gates JoJu (778–897)   Called Chao-Chou in chinese language, after town in northern China the place he lived and taught fot the final 40 years of his existence. he's essentially the most well-known Zen masters within the heritage of the culture and one of many “superstars” through the golden age of Zen within the Tang dynasty (618–907). He looks within the First and moment Gates. Seong Am   The dates of his beginning and loss of life should not identified. He was once a disciple of Yen T’ou (827–887), who in flip used to be a disciple of Duk Sahn (Ch. , Te-Shan; 780–865) pointed out within the 8th Gate. Seong Am appears to be like within the 3rd Gate. Hok Am (1108–1179)   He was once a granddisciple of Hsueh Tou, the compiler of the Blue Cliff checklist (Ch. , Pi-yen-lu; Jp. , Hekigan-Roku). He appears to be like within the Fourth Gate. Hyang Eom (d. 898)   Called Hsiang-yen in chinese language, he used to be a disciple of Kuei-Shan (771–853), who was once the founding father of the shortlived Kuei-Yang university of Zen and one of many nice masters of the Tang period. Hyang Eom looks within the 5th Gate. Ko Bong (1238–1295)   He was once the most well-known Zen lecturers throughout the Sung dynasty in China (960–1279). besides Ta-Hui (1089–1163), he supplied the inventive burst of Zen job within the final years of the Sung period. He looks within the 7th Gate and shouldn't be pressured with Korean Zen grasp Ko Bong. Duk Sahn (781–867)   Called Te-Shan Hsuan-Chien in chinese language, Duk Sahn used to be some of the most very important Zen masters of the T’ang interval in China. He used to be the trainer of Sol Bong (Ch. Hsueh-Feng) and Am Du (Yen-T’ou Ch’uan-Huo). Nam Cheon (748–835)   Called Nan-Ch’üan P’u-Yüan in chinese language, Nam Cheon was once some of the most recognized Zen masters of the Tang dynasty. His most renowned pupil was once JoJu. Korean Zen grasp Ko Bong (1890–1961)   The instructor of Zen grasp Seung Sahn and a disciple of the recognized Zen grasp guy Gong (1872–1946), he used to be well-known all through Korea for his eccentric and unorthodox habit.

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