Posts tagged ‘true self’

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 …

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Aug 2 08

Dharma Talk with Kwan Sahn Sunim at Providence Summer Kyol Che

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Aug 24 05

Dharma Talk with Jiri Hazlbauer at Providence Zen Center

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Jul 27 05

Dharma Talk with Peter Voke at Providence Zen Center

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Mar 19 00

Tying a Rotten Rope to a Cloud

by Zen Master Dae Bong
Talk given at the opening ceremony for Kye Ryong Sahn International Zen Center/Mu Sang Sah, on March 19, 2000.

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

This point means open is closed, closed is open. Everything is …

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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 …

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Aug 1 99

Zen Stick Swallows Universe

by Zen Master Seung Sahn

Question: If you see a lot of blame in your life and very little praise, and you feel a lot of pain and very little pleasure, and you hang on to this then you suffer a lot. So you always …

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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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Oct 5 96

Become One

by Zen Master Dae Kwang

This is an excerpt from a talk given by Zen Master Dae Kwang on October 5th, 1996 at the Whole World is a Single Flower Conference. The gathering was held at the Sixth Patriarch’s temple on T’ao Che Mountain in

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Oct 1 95

True Alchemy

by Zen Master Dae Kwang

“Alchemy” is one of the most commonly used metaphors for spiritual transformation. The turning of dross into something valuable and useful is something which has forever obsessed the human imagination. Unfortunately, people often become attached to the surface meaning of …

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Sep 1 93

Illness Helps Your True Self

by Zen Master Seung Sahn
Our physical body is not our true self. What is our true self, our true I? Every human being must find their true I. If you find the answer to this question then freedom from suffering and freedom from life…Read More...
Oct 1 83

What Have We Got to Hold Onto in this Life?

by Zen Master Su Bong

This talk was given during a retreat at Providence Zen Center, October 1983.

Adeline: I have a friend named Terry who is missing. She was in a small plane that crashed in the sea. So everyone assumes she died. …

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Jun 1 81

Kill or Not Kill – That’s a Big Question

by Zen Master Soeng Hyang

Dear Bobby,

I am writing with many questions, and also bringing greetings however! First, my questions…

I’ve been confronted with the problem of what course of action to take in the event of a military draft or a war: to …

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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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Dec 9 76

Everything is a Dream

by Zen Master Seung Sahn

Everything is a Dream


The following exchange took place after a Dharma Talk Zen Master Seung Sahn gave at the New Haven Zen Center on December 9th, 1976.

 

Student: Do you dream about different kinds of things now that …

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Aug 20 76

Woodstock

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Aug 1 76

True Meditation

by Zen Master Seung Sahn

At a recent Dharma Talk, Zen Master Seung Sahn was asked what elements contribute to make a meditation practice strong and clear. He answered:

“True meditation comes from true cognition; true cognition comes from true meditation.

There are many schools …

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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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Jun 1 74

The Great Way is in Front of the Door

by Zen Master Seung Sahn

On June 16, 1974 we held an opening ceremony for our new home. On this occasion Zen Master Seung Sahn delivered the following Dharma message:

(Striking the table) Form is emptiness, emptiness is form.

(Striking the table) No form, no …

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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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