Posts tagged ‘desire’

Oct 10 12

I Want!

by Zen Master Wu Kwang

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

Oct 5 11

Inspiration to Practice

by Zen Master Bon Soeng

Keep your direction clear. There is something that moves you to practice, that points you in the direction. Then find your “try mind”. Inspiration is wonderful, but if we just rely on inspiration, it fizzles out. And then we’re lost. …

Aug 2 08

Dharma Talk with Kwan Sahn Sunim at Providence Summer Kyol Che

by Zen Master Dae Kwang
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 …

Jun 1 99

Desert Dharma

by Zen Master Ji Haeng

At 7:30 pm on April 27, 1998, two events were taking place within a mile of each other. Nestled between the neon and glitter, bright lights and buffets of the Las Vegas Strip, the Aladdin Casino’s luck had run out. …

Dec 1 97

Good News

by Zen Master Dae Kwang

December is the traditional time that we in the West celebrate the great enlightenment of the Buddha some 2,500 years ago. The enlightenment of the Buddha is good news for all beings. Why is that?

The Buddha practiced with great …

Jul 1 94

Inka Speech

by Nancy Brown Hedgpeth JDPSN
[Raises Zen stick overhead and hits table]

Is this a good place or a bad place?

[Raises Zen stick overhead and hits table]

Is this no place? Is this a magic place? Is this a special place?

[Raises Zen stick …

Apr 2 94

Buddha’s Birthday Poem

by Zen Master Dae Kwang

Given April 2, 1994

A true person
leaps into the world
takes seven steps in each direction
“Only I am holy.”
Un Mun’s foul mouth
Cries “Mistake!”

Still, 2538 birthday candles
Have already burned up
Buddha, Un Mun,
and the …

Dec 1 92

Desires and Aspirations

by Zen Master Wu Bong
Question: Can we really help the world? Look at hunger, for example.

Zen Master Wu Bong: Yes, we can help. Consider hunger. We have hunger all over this world. Where does this hunger come from? It doesn’t come from economic …

May 1 91

Earth Soup

by Zen Master Dae Kwang

Each morning we say the Four Great Vows at the beginning of practice:


Sentient beings are numberless; we vow to save them all.
Passions are endless; we vow to extinguish them all.
The teachings are infinite; we vow to

Apr 1 91

Round and Round Sufferinga

by Zen Master Dae Kwang
One day during a retreat at the Kansas Zen Center, a friend and I were rearranging the cushions in the sitting room. It was the end of the second day of the retreat. Some people were coming and some going,…Read More...
Feb 26 90

at Providence Zen Center

by Zen Master Dae Kwang
Mar 1 83

Kyol Che: Together Completely

by Zen Master Su Bong

The following talk was given at the opening ceremony of winter Kyol Che 1983.

It’s very nice to be here in this brand new Dharma room at the beginning of Kyol Che. Soen Sa Nim gave us a 1983 New …

Feb 6 81

Cambridge Adult Education class

by Zen Master Soeng Hyang

Feb 1 79

Keep the Great Vow

by Zen Master Seung Sahn
During his visit to Europe last spring, Zen Master Seung Sahn gave a kong-an talk after the morning sitting each day. What follows is part of a talk he gave in London.

Enlightenment is a name. This name is only …

Jul 26 77

Wild Dharma Scenes and Broken Precepts

by Zen Master Seung Sahn

July 26, 1977


Dear Soen Sa Nim,

I hope you are well. Please, as much as possible, try to take care of your body.

I have not seen you in awhile. I, too have been traveling around teaching the …

Aug 1 76

True Meditation

by Zen Master Seung Sahn

At a recent Dharma Talk, Zen Master Seung Sahn was asked what elements contribute to make a meditation practice strong and clear. He answered:

“True meditation comes from true cognition; true cognition comes from true meditation.

There are many schools …

May 1 76

How Many Pounds is this KATZ?

by Zen Master Seung Sahn
The following is a letter from the Housemaster of the Providence Zen Center (now Zen Master Seong Hyang) to Soen Sa Nim, and his reply to her, written in May, 1976.

Dear Soen Sa Nim,

I hope your body is …

Apr 20 75

The Spring Geese are Flying North

by Zen Master Seung Sahn

A Dharma Speech given by the Zen Master Seung Sahn at the opening ceremony of the International Zen Center of New York on April 20, 1975


(Holding up his Zen stick and hitting the table, slowly, three times)

Is …

Jan 1 74

A First Step

by Zen Master Seung Sahn

After a Sunday night lecture at the Providence Zen Center, Seung Sahn Soen-sa said to his students: “If you discard all thoughts of attainment, you will then come to see the real purpose of your quest. Some of you want …