Posts tagged ‘ignorance’

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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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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Sep 1 98

Inka Speech

by Zen Master Bon Hae
[Raises Zen stick over head, then hits table with stick.]

When Buddha was born he said “in the heavens above and the earth below only I am holy.” But William Blake said “Everything that lives is holy.”

[Raises Zen stick …

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Sep 1 98

Soap Enlightenment

by Zen Master Dae Kwang

The first thing the Buddha said after his great enlightenment was that everything had Buddha nature. The problem is that we don’t know that. Because we are ignorant of our original nature, we use it to produce suffering. Not good, …

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Jun 1 98

Happy Buddha’s Birthday

by Zen Master Bon Soeng

When Buddha was born, he sprang out of his mother’s hip, walked seven steps, said, “Heaven above, earth below, only I am holy.”

[hits table with zen stick]

When you and I were born, we sprung from our mother’s uterus, …

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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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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 …

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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

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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

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Jun 1 88

Try Mind Center

by Zen Master Su Bong

Letter to a student:

Dear Margaret,

Thank you for your beautiful card. You work is very beautiful.

You spoke about losing energy too fast and want to shut it off…. losing energy so you want to plug it up. After …

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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 …

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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 …

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Feb 1 74

What is that Rock Saying?

by Zen Master Seung Sahn

One Sunday night at the Providence Zen Center, Seung Sahn Soen-sa told the story of Su Tung-po’s enlightenment. Afterwards he said to his students:

“What do we learn from this story? That Zen teaches us to cut off all discriminating …

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