Posts tagged ‘compassion’

Apr 29 16

Buddha’s Enlightenment

by Jason Quinn JDPSN

About 2500 years ago, the Buddha attained enlightenment. Since that time, Buddhism has spread all over the world. There are now many styles of Buddhism all over the world. There is Theravada Buddhism, Mahayana Buddhism, Vajrayana Buddhism, Tantric Buddhism, Zen …

Sep 2 13

Mind Cures

by Zen Master Wu Bong

Question: Can my Buddhist name be picked by my guiding teacher instead of just going by the list?
Zen Master Wu Bong: In Zen we don’t like special that much.

Question: What is beyond all doubt?
Zen Master Wu

Jul 16 07

Volcano, Earthquake, Tsunami, War

by Zen Master Dae Kwang

[Raises the Zen stick over his head, then hits the table with the stick.]
Form is emptiness, emptiness is form.
Our world is always changing-sometimes fast, sometimes slow. When the change is fast, we suffer a lot. Our world …

Sep 1 00

Inka Speech

by Merrie Fraser JDPSN
[Raises Zen stick over head, then hits table with stick.]

Don’t know mind is compassion mind, compassion mind is don’t know mind.

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

No don’t know mind, no compassion mind.

[Raises …

Sep 1 99

Transmission Speech

by Zen Master Dae Bong
[Raises Zen stick over head, then hits table with stick.]

Transmission is no transmission. No transmission is transmission.

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

Originally, nothing. What is transmission?

[Raises Zen stick over head, then hits …

Jun 1 99

In Search of Neon Nirvana

by Zen Master Ji Haeng

“Everybody comes into this world carrying nothing,” Zen Master Seung Sahn has said. “Everyone leaves for someplace, also carrying nothing. We cannot take anything with us. Yet in between, everybody wants things, chases things, and is attached to things very …

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 …

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 …

Sep 1 93

Finding Your Compassion

by Zen Master Dae Kwang

From a talk at Providence Zen Center on Buddha’s Enlightenment Day, 1991


Throughout the ages people have written commentaries on the Buddha’s enlightenment using many different perspectives. But from the point of view of history, the Buddha’s enlightenment is …

May 1 92

“I” saved the frogs

by Zen Master Dae Kwang

True compassion means to become one with whatever situation you find yourself in, moment to moment. This is enlightenment. This is what the Buddha’s enlightenment teaches. There is a famous story about Zen Master Man Gong, Zen Master Seung Sahn’s …

Feb 1 92

Why does the Buddha have big ears?

by Zen Master Dae Kwang
Recently at a talk, someone pointed to the Buddha statue and asked me, “Why does the Buddha have such big ears?” Buddhas and bodhisattvas are always portrayed as having large, pendulous ears. In Western culture small ears close to the…Read More...
Jul 1 91

Passionate Zen

by Zen Master Wu Bong
It is not uncommon for people to question whether there is any room for passionate feelings in Zen practice. After all, the second of the Four Great Vows clearly asks us to do away with any kind of passion. Each…Read More...
Sep 9 89

Good Feeling Suffering, Bad Feeling Suffering

by Zen Master Wu Bong
This exchange is from a talk at the Introduction to Zen Workshop on September 9, 1990.

Question: What do you mean by suffering? I read somewhere that suffering isn’t really what one thinks it is.

Wu Bong Zen Master: There …

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 …

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…Read More...
Apr 21 85

Dharma Talk with Ed Hathaway at Providence Zen Center

by Zen Master Soeng Hyang
Oct 1 74

by Zen Master Seung Sahn

Dharma speech given by Zen Master Seung Sahn at the opening of the Cambridge Zen Center Sim Gum Do Institute.


(Hitting the table with the Zen stick three times)

Everybody has been very busy, but you have all come …