Posts tagged ‘direction’

Dec 10 13

Effort: My Father Walking to the Other Shore

by Koen Vermeulen JDPSN

When I started meditation I was very determined. So, when I was sitting in meditation I was giving all I had. After some time I noticed that there was something not in balance. So I started to check: Maybe I’m …

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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

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Apr 25 13

Strong Faith and Building a Zen Center

by Zen Master Wu Bong

During a working Yong Maeng Jong Jin at Zen Center Berlin 

Very often in the Zen tradition, Zen Masters have not made it easy for students to practice with them. Initially the student is presented with some sort of test.

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Apr 6 13

Transmission Speech

by Zen Master Bon Hae

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

Sosan Taesa said there is only one thing from the very beginning, infinitely bright and mysterious in nature. It cannot be described or given a name.…

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Jan 3 13

A Zen Motorcycle Odyssey: Women and Children in the Jails and Prisons of our Nation

by Kwan Um School of Zen

By KC Walpole

Seldom in a lifetime, if ever, arises the opportunity of a physical challenge coupled with a meaningful experience. Last summer, I had the opportunity to ride a motorcycle on an odyssey to the four corners of the …

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Mar 7 12

You Already Have The Answer

by Zen Master Bon Haeng

Zen Master Bon Haeng is asked “What should I do when I encounter office gossip?”

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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. …

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Jun 3 11

Chanting and Together-Action

by Zen Master Dae Bong

Zen Master Dae Bong speaks about chanting,together action and bowing.

From http://www.musangsa.org.…

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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.]
BOOM!
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 …

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Jan 1 01

Good Actors

by Zen Master Bon Shim
A dharma talk in Olomouc, Czech Republic

Here’s a question for everybody: How can you get out of samsara, how do you get out of suffering? We’re really lucky because we have a good practice situation. We can help and …

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Dec 1 00

Inka Speech

by admin
Raises Zen stick over head, then hits table with stick.

Sound is silence. Silence is sound.

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

No sound, no silence.

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

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Feb 23 00

Do You Still Have Mind?

by Zen Master Seung Sahn

Do You Still Have Mind?


Zen Master Seung Sahn’s opening talk at Hwa Gye Sah temple in Seoul for the 1999-2000 Winter Kyol Che

The day after tomorrow we will begin our three month winter retreat, Kyol Che. Kyol Che …

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Aug 1 99

Zen Stick Swallows Universe

by Zen Master Seung Sahn

Question: If you see a lot of blame in your life and very little praise, and you feel a lot of pain and very little pleasure, and you hang on to this then you suffer a lot. So you always …

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Jun 1 99

The Eleventh Gate – Man Gong’s Net

by Zen Master Seung Sahn

One day, Zen Master Man Gong sat on the high rostrum and gave the speech to mark the end of the three month winter retreat. “All winter long you monks practiced very hard. That’s wonderful! As for me, I had …

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Jun 1 99

In Search of Neon Nirvana

by laura

“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 …

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May 1 98

Becoming Human

by Zen Master Seung Sahn

If you look closely at human beings in the world today, you notice that they are not human beings. They don’t act like human beings. If a human being acts correctly, then he or she becomes a true human being. …

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Apr 1 98

Sangha As direction, Sangha as path

by Nancy Brown Hedgpeth JDPSN

The Buddha taught about the three jewels: Buddha, Dharma and Sangha. But in one of his teachings he said that of these three Sangha is the most important. They all seem important and completely interconnected: When we look deeply into …

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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 …

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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 …

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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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