Posts tagged ‘kong-an’

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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Sep 2 13

Tomorrow Is Too Late

by Zen Master Wu Bong

Nobody guarantees our life. So if there is anything that you think may be useful, just now is the time to use it. In our life, past mind cannot be attained. Present mind cannot be attained. If you say present, …

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Jul 30 11

Kong-an Practice

by Zen Master Dae Kwang

Video of a kong-an talk by Zen Master Dae Kwang from the Foundations of Zen Workshop at the Empty Gate Zen Center.
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Apr 1 02

Let Your Universe Become Large

by Zen Master Bon Haeng

Excerpts from a dharma speech in April 2002 at Cambridge Zen Center

It is amazing there is anything left to say. Fortunately, we can hear the same things over and over again, because we all forget. So the dharma is …

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Jun 1 00

Kong-An Workshop

by Zen Master Bon Yeon

Excerpted from a workshop at the Whole World is a Single Flower Conference

Zen Master Soeng Hyang: It’s great that so many people came for the kong-an discussion. For me, kong-ans are the root of our practice. Kong-ans are like …

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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 98

Hua T’ou and Chinese Food

by Zen Master Seung Sahn

This piece is drawn from a conversation at lunch in Hong Kong between Zen Master Seung Sahn, another famous monk, and some students.

Monk: Dae Soen Sa Nim, what is the difference between hua t’ou* and kong-an?

ZMSS: …

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Feb 1 98

Dharma LOTTO

by Zen Master Dae Kwang

Last week I stopped into our local ma and pa donut shop, the Donut Wagon, for some coffee. They offer up the usual tongue-pleasing fare: donuts, bagels, sticky buns, etc. They are also our local over-the-counter gambling establishment – there’s …

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Jun 1 94

It’s Not a Thing

by Zen Master Dae Kwang

When Zen Master Huai Jang first visited Hui Neng, the Sixth Patriarch, he was already an experienced practitioner. After he bowed, Hui Neng asked him, “Where do you come from?” Huai Jang replied, “From Sung Shan.” The Patriarch then asked, …

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Oct 1 91

Mind Road

by Zen Master Dae Kwang
“The mind road has no end,” says a common Zen teaching phrase. Zen Master Seung Sahn’s upcoming collection of kong-ans, The Whole World Is A Single Flower, has an instructive case in this regard: number fourteen, “Where does the…Read More...
Dec 1 90

Of Risks and Failures

by Zen Master Wu Bong
Eastern Europe is in the midst of a revolution. In comparison, the recent changes in the Kwan Um School of Zen are very tiny stuff indeed. But, for those of us who are accomplishing the Dharma way, especially in Zen…Read More...
May 20 90

Only Keep “Don’t Know” Mind

by Zen Master Wu Bong

Excerpted from a talk at the Foundations of Zen Retreat on May 2 0, 1990.

One of the most famous kong-ans refers to an incident from the Buddha’s own lifetime. Once the Buddha was staying on Vulture Peak mountain. It …

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Dec 1 89

Commentary on Hyang Eom’s “Up a Tree”

by Zen Master Wu Bong

Adapted from comments made following a talk at Providence Zen Center in December, 1989.

The Hua Yen Sutra, that the last speaker talked about, like other sutras, is a collection of teaching techniques that the Buddha used. When Paul finished …

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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...
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...
Apr 10 81

Hae Jae Dharma Speech – 1981

by Zen Master Seung Sahn
This is the Dharma Speech given by Zen Master Seung Sahn at the Hae Jae Ceremony marking the end of Kyol Che at the Providence Zen Center on April 10, 1981.

When spring comes, flowers bloom everywhere. Maybe spring makes …

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Mar 3 78

Duk Sahn Carrying His Bowls

by Zen Master Seung Sahn

“Duk Sahn Carrying His Bowls”


The following is taken from Mu Bul Ju Ji Su Nim’s introduction and Soen Sa Nim’s talk at the Man Cham ceremony on March 3, 1978, at the Providence Zen Center.

Ju Ji Su Nim: …

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