Posts tagged ‘kong-ans’

Apr 25 13

Go Drink Tea

by Zen Master Dae Kwan

The following talk was given at the Opening Ceremony for Kwan Lin Chan Lin Zen Meditation Centre in Singapore, on September 25, 2012.

In this world and in our life, many things are in duality: negative and positive, good and …

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Jan 16 10

Seung Sahns Twelve Gates

by Zen Master Seung Sahn

These kong-ans (Japanese: koan) are among the principle ones used by Zen Master Seung Sahn and the other teachers of the Kwan Um School. In terms of Dae Soen Sa Nim’s published teaching, two of them originally appeared in print …

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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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Jun 1 00

Kong-An Workshop

by Zen Master Soeng Hyang

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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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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Mar 1 96

Get the Gold

by Zen Master Seung Sahn

Traditionally Zen uses seventeen hundred kong-ans. Korean Buddhism also uses these original kong-ans. Other Zen schools made their own special collections from these, which they felt were of special importance for teaching. For example, one collection, the Blue Cliff Record,

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Mar 1 92

I don’t like kong-ans

by Zen Master Wu Bong

The following exchange took place in an interview during a retreat in Norway in February:

Student: I don’t like kong-ans. That is why I come so rarely to interviews. Can you say something about that?

Wu Bong Zen Master: Sure. …

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Sep 1 90

Commentary on Hyang Eom’s “Up a Tree”

by Zen Master Soeng Hyang

It is taught that this kong-an has only one answer that will truly release all the tethers that tie us to our ignorance. Only one response will be universally received as correct: “Ahi, that’s it, that’s how you stay alive!”…

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Dec 1 88

A New Zen is Appearing

by Zen Master Seung Sahn



What are the Kwan Um School of Zen’s roots in the past? What is the Kwan Um School of Zen today? What is its future?

1. Only practicing

First in the Kwan Um School of Zen history is the fact …

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Sep 25 88

Providence Zen Center

by Zen Master Soeng Hyang

http://www.kwanumzen.org/talks/SoengHyang/BR126=88-9-25_BR@PZC_SundayTalk_’VeryGood’.mp3

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May 30 87

with Marlina Rinzen at Empty Gate Zen Center

by Zen Master Soeng Hyang

http://www.kwanumzen.org/talks/SoengHyang/BR62=87-5-30_MarlinaRinzen+BR@EGZC.mp3

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May 11 86

Kong-ans

by Zen Master Soeng Hyang

http://www.kwanumzen.org/talks/SoengHyang/BR54=86-5-11_BR_onKongAns@x_SundayNight.mp3

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Aug 4 79

Dharma Talk with Shana at Providence Zen Center Kido

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Jan 1 78

Inka Speech

by Zen Master Soeng Hyang
(Holding up the Zen stick in the air, then hitting the floor.)

“This” is just like this.

(Holding up the Zen stick in the air, then resting it on the floor.)

“This” is just like this.

If you understand “this” …

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