Always in Front of You

by on Sep 2, 2013Zen Master Seung Sahn

Many students, colleagues and monks around the world mourn the passing of Wu Bong Dae Soen Sa Nim. This situation has occurred once before, in 1994, when Zen Master Su Bong passed away in similar circumstances while leading a retreat in Hong Kong. One student, TK Ong, wrote a letter to Zen Master Seung Sahn at that time, lamenting that he was sad about Su Bong Sunim’s passing. Zen Master Seung Sahn replied (in his exact words):

Dear TK Ong,
Thank you for your letter, how are you?
If you clear mind, always Su Bong Sunim in front of you. Don’t check, don’t holding your emotions. Complete put it down. Moment to moment, when you’re doing something just do it. That will help your direction, your practice, & get enlightenment. OK?
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