Posts tagged ‘situation’

Nov 17 12

The Five Desires

by Zen Master Dae Bong

Dharma talk given in Hong Kong, November 17–18, 2012 for the Twentieth Anniversary Ceremony of Su Bong Zen Monastery

We were introduced as Zen Master Dae Bong is sitting on the right and Zen Master Wu Bong is sitting on …

Read More...
Jul 16 07

Volcano, Earthquake, Tsunami, War

by Zen Master Dae Kwang

[Raises the Zen stick over his head, then hits the table with the stick.]
BOOM!
Form is emptiness, emptiness is form.
Our world is always changing-sometimes fast, sometimes slow. When the change is fast, we suffer a lot. Our world …

Read More...
Jun 1 02

Inka Dharma Talk

by Zen Master Ji Haeng

[Raises Zen stick over head, then hits table with stick.]
Cloud is mountain, mountain is cloud.
[Raises Zen stick over head, then hits table with stick.]
Originally no cloud, no mountain.
[Raises Zen stick over head, then hits table with …

Read More...
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 …

Read More...
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 …

Read More...
Oct 1 99

Psychotherapy and Zen

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

This is the workshop on Zen and psychotherapy. First of all, be aware that this is about Zen …

Read More...
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 …

Read More...
Mar 1 99

Inka Speech

by Dae Won Sunim JDPS

[Raises Zen stick over head, then hits table with stick.]

The whole world is suffering. Sickness and death everywhere. For what purpose do we come into this world? Only to suffer?

[Raises Zen stick over head, then hits table with …

Read More...
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 …

Read More...
Nov 1 98

This Trivial Tail

by Nancy Brown Hedgpeth JDPSN

Oh Jo said, “It’s like a water buffalo passing through a window. Its head, horns, and four legs have already passed through. Why is it that its tail cannot?”

Commentary:
If it passes through, it falls into a ditch;
If

Read More...
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, …

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...
Sep 1 93

Inka Speech

by Zen Master Bon Soeng
Lifts stick, hits table

Life is like a cloud that appears.

Lifts stick, hits table

Death is like a cloud that disappears.

No life, no death.

No appearing, no disappearing.

Lifts stick, hits table

Katz!

Just now, breathing in and …

Read More...
Jan 1 93

Echoes

by Zen Master Dae Kwang

At the beginning of December we celebrated Buddha’s Enlightenment. Then two days later we began the seven-day intensive retreat that’s traditionally associated with the enlightenment ceremony. That’s interesting, because in Zen Buddhism, ceremonies are usually associated with actual practicing. That …

Read More...
Sep 1 88

Practicing in Our Situation

by Zen Master Dae Bong
Adapted from a talk given at Providence Zen Center in September, 1988.

One of the most famous stories in our Zen tradition is about a little girl in ancient China named Sul. She and her family lived about a thousand …

Read More...
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 …

Read More...
Feb 9 82

Do You Hear the Waterfall?

by Zen Master Su Bong

A Dharma talk given on February 9, 1982 at the Ojai Foundation in California.

Zen mind means everyday mind. Everyday mind means only-do-it mind. It’s very simple, so it’s very hard for some of us to accept. It’s too simple. …

Read More...
Mar 6 80

Providence Kyol Che

by Zen Master Soeng Hyang

http://www.kwanumzen.org/talks/SoengHyang/GB70=82-x-x_Bobby@KyolChe.mp3

Read More...
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 …

Read More...
Dec 1 75

We are All Like Rocks

by Zen Master Seung Sahn

An excerpt from a letter written by Mu Bul Su Nim from Korea:

Before Soen Sa Nim left Korea, we had the great fortune to meet Mrs. So. She has been working for almost a year on getting a bell …

Read More...