Apr 6 13
[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.…Read More...
Jun 5 11
“Buddhism begins with pregunta. Practicing Buddhism–great pregunta. Enlightenment means become comfortable with pregunta.”
Aug 20 08
Part of a dharma talk during the Summer Kyol Che at Warsaw Zen Center
Once there was a sick man, who went for help to many doctors, but they only spread their arms helplessly – they were not able to …Read More...
Mar 1 88
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...
Jun 1 85
I’ve just written to the Dharma Teacher Association to ask for a leave of absence as a Dharma Teacher. This is a confusing and difficult step for me.
I have not been practicing (sitting, bowing) for a while …Read More...
Mar 1 85
The Bodhisattva of the Toll Gates
Zen Master Seung Sahn and four of his students were traveling down Route 95 from Providence to New York to visit the Chogye International Zen Center. Soen Sa Nim chatted with his students as…Read More...
Dec 1 84
A talk given during the winter 1982 Kyol Che intensive meditation retreat at Providence Zen Center.
People often ask me what does the Bodhisattva vow – to save all people from suffering – really mean? A student said to me …Read More...
Dec 9 78
Bobby Rhodes, JDPSN, (now Zen Master Soeng Hyang) gave this formal Dharma Speech at the Buddha’s Enlightenment Ceremony at the Providence Zen Center on December 9th, 1978.
(Holding up the Zen stick.) Do you see?
(Hitting the table.) Do you …Read More...
Sep 14 77
September 14, 1977
Dear Soen Sa Nim,
How are you? I hope you are well, even though you are working so hard. Everyone at the Cambridge Zen Center says hello to you and to our West Coast family.…Read More...
Jul 1 73
A visiting student asked Seung Sahn Soen Sa after a Sunday night lecture, “When practicing Zen, how can one keep a Zen mind?”
“Do you understand your mind?”
“I don’t know.”
“Well, it is just this ‘don’t know’ mind that …Read More...