By Jon Kabat-Zinn, Hyon Gak

An enormous determine within the transmission of Zen to the West, Zen grasp Seung Sahn used to be recognized for his strong educating sort, which was once direct, marvelous, and infrequently funny. He taught that Zen isn't approximately reaching a objective, yet approximately appearing spontaneously from "don't-know mind." it really is from this "before-thinking" nature, he taught, that precise compassion and the will to serve others evidently arises. This choice of educating tales, talks, and spontaneous dialogues with scholars bargains readers a clean and instant stumble upon with one of many nice Zen masters of the 20 th century.

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He took merely ice-cold baths. in the beginning he used to be jam-packed with doubt and nearly gave up a number of occasions. Then he used to be visited via quite a few demons and ghosts, after which via Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. At a definite aspect spirits within the form of younger boys seemed and observed him on both sides whilst he went for walks. all through all of it he saved a robust perform, basically chanting. His pores and skin grew to become eco-friendly from the pine needles, and steadily his physique turned superior. ultimately it used to be the final day. He was once outdoor chanting and hitting the moktak (wooden drum) while without notice his physique disappeared. From far-off he may well listen the beat of the moktak and the sound of his personal voice. After a while during this nation, he lower back to his physique, and he understood: the rocks, the river, every little thing he may well see and listen to, all have been his real self. in reality similar to this. whilst he got here down from the mountain, he met with the nice Zen grasp Ko Bong. yet Ko Bong declined to be his instructor simply because he was once as a rule educating laypeople at the moment, having made up our minds that many clergymen have been both lazy or smug. but if he again to Zen grasp Ko Bong, there has been nonetheless one kong-an (or koan, a Zen instructing query) that he couldn't resolution right now: “The mouse eats cat nutrition, however the cat bowl is damaged. What does this suggest? ” He attempted and attempted, and gave many solutions, yet Ko Bong Sunim rejected all of them. Then, abruptly, the right kind resolution seemed. The younger monk had attained enlightenment! quickly after that, Ko Bong Sunim gave his younger pupil the transmission of dharma. He used to be given the identify Seung Sahn (Exalted Mountain), and his instructor foresaw Seung Sahn Sunim spreading his educating through the international. Seung Sahn was once the one individual to whom Zen grasp Ko Bong ever gave transmission. on the age of 22, he was once now a Zen grasp. concerning the EDITOR Hyon Gak Sunim, a Zen monk, was once born Paul Muenzen in Rahway, New Jersey. trained at Yale university and Harvard collage, he was once ordained a monk less than Zen grasp Seung Sahn in 1992 at Nam Hwa Sah Temple, the temple of the 6th Patriarch, Guangzhou, People’s Republic of China. He has compiled and edited a couple of Zen grasp Seung Sahn’s texts, together with The Compass of Zen and in simple terms Don’t recognize. He got inka from Zen grasp Seung Sahn in 2001, and is at present guiding instructor of the Seoul overseas Zen middle at Hwa Gye Sah Temple, Seoul. to discover a Zen heart or team close to you, touch THE KWAN UM tuition OF ZEN ninety nine Pound street Cumberland, RI 02864-2726 Tel. : (401) 658-1464 Fax: (401) 658-1188 electronic mail: info@kwanumzen. org web site: www. kwanumzen. com additionally by means of Zen grasp Seung Sahn The Compass of Zen simply Don’t comprehend: chosen instructing Letters of Zen grasp Zeung Sahn the total global Is a unmarried Flower: 365 Kong-Ans for daily life losing Ashes at the Buddha: The educating of Zen grasp Seung Sahn Bone of area: Poems of Zen grasp Seung Sahn for additional info please stopover at www. shambhala. com. sign in to benefit extra approximately our books and obtain unique deals from Shambhala courses.

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