The Gift of Don't Know
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by Zen Master Soeng Hyang
4d ago
Open the gift. Inside is only don’t know. Such an expensive gift, and yet few will accept it. Accepting it means abandoning the familiar, and that can be terrifying. And yet, not knowing is very familiar territory for us all, a place where we can be empowered. Not knowing allows us to let go of false assumptions. It frees us of preconceptions and attachments. When the mind doesn’t know, it is sitting exactly in this moment. When it is in this moment, it is wide open: a perfect receptor, a perfect reflector. Even while tied and bound, our mind can feel as spacious as the sky. Look up at the sk ..read more
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What Is The Right Sense Of Life?
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by Zen Master Tan Wol
2w ago
In this video, Zen Master Tan Wol answers a question about the sense of life ..read more
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Why Don't More People Practice Zen?
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by Zen Master Dae Bong
3w ago
Our great grand-teacher, Man Gong Sunim, was once asked, "Why don't more people practice Zen?" He said, "Everybody wants a good thing, but most people don't understand that when you get a good thing you also get a bad thing. If they understood that, then they would practice Zen." So our life is not about getting good things and avoiding bad things. It is about attaining how to correctly use each thing that appears. Good things come, we use them to go the correct way; bad things come, we use them to go the correct way ..read more
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Believe In Your True Self
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by Zen Master Bon Hae
1M ago
The best thing a teacher can give a student is for the student to believe in themselves. So, people would come and listen to Zen Master Seung Sahn, and what you would get from him is to not be attached to his words. And what you would get from him is this incredible energy and this incredible centeredness, and this incredible clarity, and the realization that you could also have that, and in fact you already had it. That’s the best thing the teacher can give the student It is not for the student to believe in the teacher as this exterior authority, but for the student to realize that what thi ..read more
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World Sickness
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by Zen Master Seung Sahn
1M ago
Imbalance is our world’s sickness: how can we cure it? Balance means understanding the truth. If you have no wisdom, you cannot become balanced. It is very important for everyone to find their human nature. That is why we sit Zen, to find our true human nature. So we are in a very important position, sitting in meditation. We must find our human nature, then together help each other become world peace. As human beings, we are all equal. We all have the same love mind. We must find the primary cause of this world’s sickness, and remove it ..read more
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The Most Important In Zen Practice
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by Zen Master Bon Soeng
1M ago
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Correct Effort In Our Practice
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by Kathy Park JDPSN
1M ago
When we don’t have a clear direction why we practice it is more difficult to gather the energy to do it. Instead, our energy gets dispersed into other activities that eventually take away our motivation for practice. Having correct effort in our practice means waking up moment to moment, reminding ourselves of our direction by the act of doing the practice itself. As we return to our before-thinking mind in each moment, we repeat the habit of functioning from don’t-know. The more we repeatedly return to the moment when body, breath and mind become one, the more quickly we become one with the ..read more
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Iron Bars of Nonunderstanding
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by Zen Master Jok Um
2M ago
From a text exchange with a student and Zen Master Jok Um. Student:  Total freedom No desires ? Zen Master Jok Um:  What is the object of your no desires? Student:  I don't understand ZMJU:  Mmmmmmm. Is wanting to understand a desire? Student:  A lack of understanding is the iron bars of nonunderstanding. Wanting to understand is the key hole. No desire to understand creates the universal vastness within the 6x8 cell. This inmate thinks the warden has been puffing the cigar a little too hard ? ZMJU:  Got an ashtray? Student:  We're on a bridge. F ..read more
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Life is Zen
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by Zen Master Seung Sahn
2M ago
Life is Zen. But some people say that life is suffering. How are these different? If you make “my life is Zen,” then your life becomes Zen. If somebody else makes “my life is suffering,” then that person’s life becomes suffering. So it all depends on how you are keeping your mind just now, at this very moment! This just-now mind continues and becomes your life, as one point continues and becomes a straight line. If you attain enlightenment, you will understand that all people are suffering greatly, so your mind also will be suffering. This is big suffering. So you must enter the great bodhisa ..read more
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Your True Teacher
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by Knud Rosenmayr JDPSN
2M ago
We say the true teacher is always in front of us. That actually means the true student is always inside. These two are never separate. Where is the true student right now in this very moment? Where is it? No matter how much we try to run away from it or cover it up, eventually it will bubble up again. Being confronted with a situation that hits us, suddenly—it happens real fast—here it is. Helping us to look freshly, to find out, to open, to learn, to be alive. Hope we all only keep true student, finding the true teacher from moment to moment and help this world ..read more
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