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Dec 10 13

Meditation

by Igor Pininski JDPSN

Zen means meditation. Dhyana also means meditation. So practicing the dhyana paramita means perfecting our Zen practice. How can we perfect our Zen practice, how can we perfect our meditation?

When the eighth patriarch, Ma Tsu, was a young monk, …

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Jun 17 11

“I Want To Practice But I Have No Time, What Can I Do?”

by Zen Master Su Bong

A student once asked Su Bong Zen Master at a dharma talk: his friend wanted to come to the Zen center to practice but he had no time, because he had a family, he had a job, he did volunteer …

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Sep 3 08

Everything Becomes Buddha

by Namhee Chon JDPSN

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 …

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Jun 1 00

Kong-An Workshop

by Zen Master Soeng Hyang

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 …

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Oct 1 99

Our School’s Teaching: How It Helps Hong Kong

by Zen Master Dae Kwan

Excerpted from a workshop at the Whole World is a Single Flower Conference at Providence Zen Center, October 1999.

Myong Hae Sunim: I will introduce Hyang Um Sunim. Hyang Um Sunim was born in a Muslim family and she studied …

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Apr 1 99

Bodhisattva Mind, Bodhisattva Action

by Zen Master Seung Sahn

From exchanges in Cambridge & Providence in April 1999:

Question: I am trying to decide whether the path I am on is right for me.

Zen Master Seung Sahn: You cannot find your job? So I ask you, who are …

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Mar 1 99

Inka Speech

by Dae Won Sunim JDPS

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

The whole world is suffering. Sickness and death everywhere. For what purpose do we come into this world? Only to suffer?

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

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Mar 1 94

How Can You Answer?

by Zen Master Su Bong

From a talk given at the Cambridge Zen Center, 1993

Zen means understanding myself. What am I? What is a human being’s job on this Earth? Why do we eat every day? An old Chinese poem says, “Coming empty-handed, going …

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May 22 88

A More Direct Route

by Lincoln Rhodes JDPSN

In response to a question about group practice vs individual practice on May 22, 1988

Most people start out by practicing by themselves. They read books, they do some things, they try doing it themselves, and that’s okay, but in …

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Mar 1 88

A Kong-An is Nothing Other than the Present Moment

by Zen Master Soeng Hyang
The function of a kong-an is to spark a question, to give rise to that which in the Zen tradition has been called the Great Question. When the mind “questions,” it awakens and opens. This moment of questioning, however fleeting…

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Dec 1 85

Believing in Yourself

by Zen Master Soeng Hyang
A talk at the Women and American Buddhism conference held at Providence Zen Center in September 1984.

It was wonderful for me to hear everyone share of themselves this weekend. It convinces me once again that we’re all one big …

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Jun 1 85

Absolutes Thinking

by Zen Master Seung Sahn

From the 1985 Sumner Kyol Che Opening Ceremony

Linc just said, “Zen is very simple. Dishwashing time, just wash dishes; sitting time, just sit; driving time, just drive; talking time, just talk; walking time, just walk.” That’s all. Not special. …

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Dec 1 84

The Bodhisattva Ideal

by Zen Master Soeng Hyang
A talk given during the winter 1982 Kyol Che intensive meditation retreat at Providence Zen Center.

People often ask me what does the Bodhisattva vow – to save all people from suffering – really mean? A student said to me …

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Dec 29 79

Everything is That Simple

by Zen Master Soeng Hyang
A formal Dharma talk given on December 29, 1979

(Holds the Zen stick and very slowly traces a circle in the air with its tip, then strikes the Zen stick vertically on the table.)

Very very slow.

(Quickly traces a …

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Dec 16 78

Opening and Closing

by Zen Master Seung Sahn
From a talk given at the opening ceremony of the New Haven Zen Center on December 16, 1978.

If you want to change anything, you must open your mind. If you do, then you can open your Zen Center and …

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Dec 1 76

Dry Cleaning the Mind

by Zen Master Seung Sahn

Dry Cleaning the Mind


Dear Soen Sa Nim,

I returned last Friday from twelve days of “hard sitting” – a Vipassana meditation retreat led by Jack Kornfield, whom you know. There was your letter with the Kido tape and pictures …

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