Posts tagged ‘Great Question’

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.…

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

Jun 5 11

Big Pregunta

by Zen Master Bon Haeng

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

Aug 20 08

What There Is, Is Really Enough

by Zen Master Bon Shim

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 …

Mar 1 88

A Kong-An is Nothing Other than the Present Moment

by Zen Master Soeng Hyang
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...
Jul 6 86

Yong Maeng Jong Jin

by Zen Master Soeng Hyang

Jun 1 85

Clowns and Dharma Teachers

by Zen Master Soeng Hyang
Dear Bobbie,

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 …

Mar 1 85

The Bodhisattva of the Toll Gates

by Zen Master Seung Sahn

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

The Bodhisattva Ideal

by Zen Master Soeng Hyang
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 …

Dec 9 78

Kill Your Eyes

by Zen Master Soeng Hyang
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 …

Sep 14 77

Low-Class Practice

by Zen Master Seung Sahn
Allston, Massachusetts
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.…

Jul 1 73

Keeping a Zen Mind

by Zen Master Seung Sahn

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 …