Posts tagged ‘life’

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, …

Read More...
Sep 2 13

If We Stay Awake

by Zen Master Wu Bong

One time when I was small child, I thought I would drown because I physically started to drown. At that time, I remember, I was intensely curious. What is it like? Well, I will die. What is it going to …

Read More...
Apr 23 13

Still Helping You

by Zen Master Dae Bong

We are all gathered here in great sadness. Wu Bong Dae Soen Sa Nim’s death was sudden and shocking, even though most of us knew that he had serious health problems for many years, and especially because in the last …

Read More...
Sep 2 11

Master and Dog

by Zen Master Wu Bong

From a question and answer session at Berlin Zen Center, April 2011.

Question: One thing is very clear to all beings on this planet: they will disappear in the next 150 years, at most. The question is: What is important, …

Read More...
Feb 16 11

Great Question of Life and Death

by Zen Master Dae Kwang

At the heart of Buddhism and Zen lies the great question of life and death: What am I? What is a human being? Why do we suffer so much? Why are we here on the planet earth? Are we here …

Read More...
Jun 14 07

Giving Thanks for Cancer

by Anne Rudloe JDPSN

My eyes blinked open as consciousness returned after the colonoscopy. Before I could say anything, the doctor leaned over my shoulder and said in an urgent voice, You have cancer!

Geez, what kind of a bedside manner is that? I

Read More...
Oct 1 99

The Birth of Zen

by Gye Mun Sunim JDPS

Excerpted from a workshop at the 5th Whole World is a Single Flower Conference held at Providence Zen Center in October 1999.

One day, 2500 years ago, the Buddha sat on the peak of Vulture Mountain with a vast assembly …

Read More...
Sep 1 93

Finding Your Compassion

by Zen Master Dae Kwang

From a talk at Providence Zen Center on Buddha’s Enlightenment Day, 1991

 

Throughout the ages people have written commentaries on the Buddha’s enlightenment using many different perspectives. But from the point of view of history, the Buddha’s enlightenment is …

Read More...
Aug 1 91

Big Suffering

by Zen Master Dae Kwang
Often Zen Master Seung Sahn says, “If the direction of your life is clear, then your whole life is clear. If your direction is not clear, then your life will always be a problem.” The reason we practice Zen is…

Read More...
Aug 12 77

The Great Work of Life and Death

by Zen Master Seung Sahn

August 12, 1977

 

Dear Soen Sa Nim,

Your letter, newsletter, and picture made me cry — and I am grateful. I understand: straightforward mind, straightforward heart, straightforward speech, straightforward body.

My father died yesterday. I built a small altar …

Read More...
Jan 13 77

A Special Energy Spot

by Zen Master Seung Sahn

January 13, 1977

 

Dear Soen Sa Nim,

I have heard you say that the house we will buy in the mountains near Woodstock, New York is in a very good location, a place of special energy. Why is it …

Read More...
May 18 75

The True Buddha

by Zen Master Seung Sahn

A Dharma Speech given by Seung Sahn Soen-sa at the International Zen Center of New York on Buddha’s birthday, May 18, 1975

 

(Holding up the Zen stick and hitting the table)

An eminent teacher said, “Before Buddha was born …

Read More...
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 …

Read More...
Mar 12 74

Dharma Speech at Harvard Divinity School

by Zen Master Seung Sahn

Dharma Speech at Harvard Divinity School

A Dharma Speech given by Seung Sahn Soen-sa at the Harvard Divinity School, on March 12

(Hitting the floor with his stick) Are you alive? Are you dead?

(Hitting the floor) Where does life …

Read More...
Mar 1 74

This World is Very Funny

by Zen Master Seung Sahn

An excerpt from a letter:

This world is very funny. In true nature, all things neither appear nor disappear. Yet people say that things have life and death. This is funny. Things are neither tainted nor pure. Yet people think …

Read More...