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Dec 1 91

The interview

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The Zen interview is a vital part of the training in our school. While the form and content of the interview depend entirely on the student and the particular teacher’s style, the purpose is to help the student experience his or her own strengths and limitations. It is not very…Read More...
Jun 1 00

Kong-An Workshop

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Excerpted from a workshop at the Whole World is a Single Flower Conference

Zen Master Soeng Hyang: It’s great that so many people came for the kong-an discussion. For me, kong-ans are the root of our practice. Kong-ans are like receiving a gift. There’s the package: it’s beautifully wrapped, there’s …

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Jun 1 00

Kong-An Workshop

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Excerpted from a workshop at the Whole World is a Single Flower Conference

Zen Master Soeng Hyang: It’s great that so many people came for the kong-an discussion. For me, kong-ans are the root of our practice. Kong-ans are like receiving a gift. There’s the package: it’s beautifully wrapped, there’s …

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Sep 16 10

Kong-An Practice

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Kong-ans (Ch.: kung-an, Jap.: koan) have their origin in the records of encounters between Zen practitioners in ancient China. An important part of kong-an practice is the private exchange between teacher and student wherein the teacher checks the student’s grasp of the point of the kong-an. Kong-ans are probably best …

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Aug 6 98

Inka Speech

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On August 6, 1998, Andrzej Stec JDPSN received inka from Zen Master Seung Sahn at the Seoul International Zen Center.

[Raises Zen stick over head, then hits table with stick.]

Dead words are live words, live words are dead words.

[Raises Zen stick over head, then hits table with stick.]…

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Apr 14 13

Inka Speech

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[Raises the Zen stick over his head, then hits the table with the stick.]

Yes means no and no means yes.

[Raises the Zen stick over his head, then hits the table with the stick.]

No yes and no no.

[Raises the Zen stick over his head, then hits the

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Aug 4 14

Encounters with Zen Master Su Bong

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Nice to meet you! My name is Mu Deung.”*

“Nice to meet you! My name is Sudhamma. I practice in Thailand, but originally I am from Hong Kong.”**

This was the first time we met at Hwa Gye Sa Temple in Seoul, Korea, in 1991. Later, I found out that …

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Apr 6 02

Inka Speech, Steve Cohen

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Enlightenment is ignorance. Ignorance is enlightenment.
[Raises Zen stick over head, then hits table with stick.]
No enlightenment. No ignorance.
[Raises Zen stick over head, then hits table with stick.]
Enlightenment is enlightenment. Ignorance is ignorance.
[Raises Zen stick over head, then hits table with stick.]
Which of these statements …

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Jan 1 01

Good Actors

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A dharma talk in Olomouc, Czech Republic

Here’s a question for everybody: How can you get out of samsara, how do you get out of suffering? We’re really lucky because we have a good practice situation. We can help and support each other, come here freely and nothing is stopping …

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Feb 9 82

Do You Hear the Waterfall?

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A Dharma talk given on February 9, 1982 at the Ojai Foundation in California.

Zen mind means everyday mind. Everyday mind means only-do-it mind. It’s very simple, so it’s very hard for some of us to accept. It’s too simple. Only do-it mind. Nobody understands what that really means – …

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Mar 1 80

Making a Complete Effort

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A talk given after the November 1979 Yong Maeng Jong Jin retreat at the Providence Zen Center

The first thing I want to say is how honored I am to sit next to Soen Sa Nim and give a talk. We don’t see him as much as we used to, …

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Feb 15 82

Doubt

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A Dharma Talk given on February 15, 1982 to Winter Kyol Che, a 90 day retreat held at the Providence Zen Center each winter, led by George Bowman.

George asked me to speak about doubt. If you don’t understand doubt, if you don’t believe in doubt, if you don’t believe …

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Sep 2 13

Caring for Us

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By Students and successors of Wu Bong Dae Soen Sa Nim

I was staying at New York Zen Center by myself. Then Wu Bong appeared. He brought his lunch with him from a Chinese restaurant. He said, Hi! to me and started eating. I was starving, trying to hide that, …

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Jun 1 90

Unfolding Seasons

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Each of the seasons of nature come forth on their own whether we ask them to or not. They are beautiful teachers that are around us all the time. Each season, each situation, each moment generously offers us an opportunity to see the mind that sometimes has trouble trusting how…Read More...
Oct 10 12

I Want!

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A kong-an interview with Zen Master Wu Kwang

We used to have a different translation of the second great vow: Desires are in- exhaustible. We vow to extinguish them all. Once, during an interview, a student asked Zen Master Wu Kwang:

Desires are inexhaustible. What does this mean?

Zen Master

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Apr 1 78

Only Teaching Words

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From a morning kong-an talk by Zen Master Seung Sahn in Frankfurt, West Germany in April, 1978:

“If you attain Enlightenment, one thousand things, ten thousand things become one; if you attain Enlightenment, one thousand things, ten thousand things each become clear. Which statement is correct?”

A student said, “They …

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Sep 3 08

Everything Becomes Buddha

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From a Dharma talk given during the Summer Kyol Che at Warsaw Zen Center.
As you just heard, my name is Muchak. When I got five precepts, I received this name Muchak, which means mu, “no”, chak, “attachment”. I was very proud of my name. At that time I checked …

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Mar 1 88

Kong-Ans: Mind-To-Mind Connection

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This interview with Zen Master Seung Sahn about his system of kong-an practice.

PP: What are kong-ans? How did they become part of Zen practice?

Zen Master Seung Sahn: Kong-an means public case, public exchange, public situation, or public document. In old China, when they made a copy …

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Jun 1 82

Kyol Che Man Cham – 1982

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Zen Master Seung Sahn gave this formal Dharma speech (Man Cham) at the opening ceremony for the 1982 Winter Kyol Che at PZC.

(Soen Sa Nim ascended the High Stand and sat down. Holding the Zen stick and hitting the rostrum:)

Is it Buddha?

(Holding up the Zen stick and …

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Sep 1 00

Inka Speech

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[Raises Zen stick over head, then hits table with stick.]

Coming empty-handed is going empty-handed. Going empty-handed is coming empty-handed.

[Raises Zen stick over head, then hits table with stick.]

Originally — no coming, no going.

[Raises Zen stick over head, then hits table with stick.]

Coming empty-handed is coming …

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