Posts tagged ‘death’

Sep 2 13

Always in Front of You

by Zen 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

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Sep 2 13

If We Stay Awake

by Zen Master Wu Bong

One time when I was small child, I thought I would drown because I physically started to drown. At that time, I remember, I was intensely curious. What is it like? Well, I will die. What is it going to …

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Apr 23 13

Pure Love

by Zen Master Bon Shim

I’s so hard to accept that our teacher is gone, while not so long ago we were sitting, chanting, eating and laughing together.
But to tell you the truth, I am not really worried about him, because he has already …

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Apr 23 13

Still Helping You

by Zen Master Dae Bong

We are all gathered here in great sadness. Wu Bong Dae Soen Sa Nim’s death was sudden and shocking, even though most of us knew that he had serious health problems for many years, and especially because in the last …

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Apr 16 13

Poem for Wu Bong Dae Soen Sa Nim

by Chon Mun Sunim JDPS

Morning mist settles down on Su Dok Sa.
Tears silently streak down the face.
Why are you so sad?
Universal Peak pierces through the fog
And basks in the sunlight,
Standing witness
To the infinite blue sky

On receiving the

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Oct 24 11

There’s Got to be a Horse in There Somewhere!

by Zen Master Soeng Hyang

We talk in our teaching about great faith, great courage, great question. To be born takes a lot of faith—if you have a bodhisattva vow, you’re born because you want to help. You’re born because you want to develop your

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Jun 17 11

Freedom From Life and Death

by Zen Master Su Bong

Everybody worries about death. When we were young, our first worry was – what shall we do when our parents die? We human beings worry about that. And children worry: “How will I feel? What shall I do? Who will …

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Jun 5 11

Big Pregunta

by Zen Master Bon Haeng

“Buddhism begins with pregunta. Practicing Buddhism–great pregunta. Enlightenment means become comfortable with pregunta.”

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Feb 16 11

Great Question of Life and Death

by Zen Master Dae Kwang

At the heart of Buddhism and Zen lies the great question of life and death: What am I? What is a human being? Why do we suffer so much? Why are we here on the planet earth? Are we here …

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Apr 1 10

Inka Speech, Arne Schaefer

by Arne Schaefer JDPSN

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

Zen is rooted in Buddhism and in Taoism.

Buddhism teaches; first get enlightenment then instruct all beings.

Taoism teaches to live a life in …

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Jun 14 07

Giving Thanks for Cancer

by Anne Rudloe JDPSN

My eyes blinked open as consciousness returned after the colonoscopy. Before I could say anything, the doctor leaned over my shoulder and said in an urgent voice, You have cancer!

Geez, what kind of a bedside manner is that? I

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Jan 15 05

I am Going to Cry on Tuesday

by Myo Ji Sunim JDPS

Talk given at the 49-day Ceremony for Zen Master Seung Sahn

Some people say that monks and nuns should not cry. I am a nun, but I am a human being, and I am crying because I miss Zen Master …

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Oct 1 99

The Birth of Zen

by Gye Mun Sunim JDPS

Excerpted from a workshop at the 5th Whole World is a Single Flower Conference held at Providence Zen Center in October 1999.

One day, 2500 years ago, the Buddha sat on the peak of Vulture Mountain with a vast assembly …

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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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Jun 1 98

Happy Buddha’s Birthday

by Zen Master Bon Soeng

When Buddha was born, he sprang out of his mother’s hip, walked seven steps, said, “Heaven above, earth below, only I am holy.”

[hits table with zen stick]

When you and I were born, we sprung from our mother’s uterus, …

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Oct 1 97

36,000 Mornings

by Zen Master Seung Sahn

36,000 Mornings

Dear Soen Sa Nim,

Tried to register for the Berkeley Yong Maeng Jong Jin, but it was already full. Hope to make the chanting retreat in October.

One evening, I was eating dinner in the cafeteria at Prudhoe …

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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 …

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Sep 1 93

Illness Helps Your True Self

by Zen Master Seung Sahn
Our physical body is not our true self. What is our true self, our true I? Every human being must find their true I. If you find the answer to this question then freedom from suffering and freedom from life…Read More...
Sep 1 93

Inka Speech

by Zen Master Bon Soeng
Lifts stick, hits table

Life is like a cloud that appears.

Lifts stick, hits table

Death is like a cloud that disappears.

No life, no death.

No appearing, no disappearing.

Lifts stick, hits table

Katz!

Just now, breathing in and …

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Apr 1 93

Buddha’s Birthday Poem 1993

by Zen Master Dae Bong

As she reached for a flowering branch in Lumbini garden,
Buddha’s mother gave birth and soon died.
Death is birth; birth is death.

Originally, complete stillness.
Where did Shakyamuni come from?
Where did Queen Maya go?

Dreaming of an elephant, …

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