Posts tagged ‘enlightenment’

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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Dec 15 11

Buddha’s Enlightenment Day Speech 2011

by Jose Ramirez JDPSN

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

Every day people are born. Every day people die.

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

The Buddha understood this point and realized there is …

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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

Enlightenment Only Means Wake Up

by Zen Master Su Bong

Everybody makes enlightenment very special. All sutras, all practicing people, said enlightenment is No.1 and very wonderful. That’s not good, not bad because that word “enlightenment” sets up for human beings a goal, something to look forward to in life.…

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Jun 5 11

Four Important Things

by Zen Master Bon Haeng

“Buddha said there are four things in life that are most important.”

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Sep 20 09

Inka Speech, Bogumila Malinowska

by Ja An JDPSN

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

Dirty is clean, clean is dirty.

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

Not dirty, not clean.

[Raises the

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Sep 20 09

Inka Speech, Oleg Suk

by Oleg Suk JDPSN

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

Our teacher Zen Master Seung Sahn said that through this hit, even just for a little while, everybody experiences enlightenment.

[Raises the Zen stick over his

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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 02

Buddha’s Enlightenment Day Poem – 2002

by Tim Lerch JDPSN

A prince sat down
So long ago
Beneath a tree he kept don’t know

He saw a star
That rose at dawn
His mind was clear his ego gone

Not God or Deva did he make
What are you then?…

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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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Sep 1 00

Inka Speech

by Andrzej Piotrowski JDPSN
[Raises Zen stick over head, then hits table with stick.]

Coming empty-handed is going empty-handed. Going empty-handed is coming empty-handed.

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

Originally — no coming, no going.

[Raises Zen stick over …

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Jun 1 99

Desert Dharma

by laura

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. …

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Jun 1 99

Plenty of Nothing

by Zen Master Wu Kwang

Opening speech at Buddha’s Enlightenment Day ceremony, Providence Zen Center, December 5, 1998.

 

Once a student, while in a particular mind set, said to me, “If I hear one more talk about Buddha’s enlightenment, I think I’ll scream.” This …

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Jun 1 99

by Zen Master Seung Sahn

Three men are walking. The first man makes a sword sound, the second man waves his hands, and the third man picks up a handkerchief.

 

1. If you were there, what would be your correct function?

2. What is …

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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 99

by Zen Master Dae Jin

Computers don’t understand the year 2000,
Human beings don’t understand what is human being.
Buddha does not understand Buddha’s birthday,
What is true Buddha?

In front of the Buddha statue offering flowers, incense and bows.
Praying for enlightenment, peace, love, …

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Apr 1 99

Throw That Book Away

by Zen Master Seung Sahn

From talks in Cambridge on April 1, 1999 and Providence on April 2, 1999

 

Question: In your book, Compass of Zen, you say that “Mu practice” is not a correct practice. But Mu is the same as Kwan Seum …

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Mar 1 99

Inka Speech

by Yu Ma Sunim JDPS

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

Enlightenment is no enlightenment. No enlightenment is enlightenment.

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

No enlightenment. Not no enlightenment.

[Raises Zen stick over head, then hits …

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Dec 21 98

Why do I have to finish this?

by Zen Master Su Bong
A talk given in January 1984, during the ninety-day Winter Kyol Che meditation retreat at Providence Zen Center.

So, someone left the retreat last night. That’s not unusual in a retreat. It’s part of growing up. Whatever we do in …

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Dec 1 98

Trusting In Mind

by Zen Master Hae Kwang

A New Translation of the Hsin Hsin Ming, the classic poem by the Third Patriarch of Zen, Seng T’san
Zen Master Hae Kwang

The Great Way is not difficult,
Just don’t pick and choose.
If you cut off all likes …

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