Dropping Ashes on the Buddha: The Teachings of Zen Master Seung Sahn

“Somebody comes into the Zen middle with a lighted cigarette, walks as much as the Buddha statue, blows smoke in its face, and drops ashes on its lap. you're status there. What are you able to do?” it is a challenge that Zen grasp Seung Sahn is keen on posing to his American scholars who attend his Zen facilities. shedding Ashes at the Buddha is a pleasant, irreverent, and sometimes hilariously humorous dwelling list of the discussion among Korean Zen grasp Seung Sahn and his American scholars. which includes dialogues, tales, formal Zen interviews, Dharma speeches, and letters utilizing the Zen Master’s genuine phrases in spontaneous, residing interplay along with his scholars, this ebook is a clean presentation of the Zen educating approach to “instant discussion” among grasp and pupil which, by utilizing astonishment and paradox, results in an figuring out of final reality.

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First end your personal nice paintings; then you definately will comprehend every thing. Sitting, strolling, speaking, guffawing, eating—all is Zen. you want to comprehend this. Sitting is necessary. yet precise sitting does not depend upon even if the physique is sitting. you understand the tale approximately Ma-jo doing tough sitting and Nam Ak determining up the tile and sharpening it. you assert that I say enlightenment is apparent brain. what's transparent brain? transparent brain is just a reputation. Enlightenment is additionally just a identify. should you say transparent brain, it's not transparent brain.

My solution: “Galloping via, it's all round. How may well it depart a hint? ” He acknowledged: “Go paintings on it a few extra. ” Kimura Roshi stated I should still pick out one grasp. I informed him you weren't right here. He advised me I should still persist with you round and visit windfall. He stated he likes me to return and sit down Zen with them yet wouldn't supply me dokusan lest he intervene with another's kong-an. final evening I went to sit down with him and had no dokusan. this night I went to sit down and went to dokusan. He acknowledged I should still purely paintings on one kong-an and requested me to meditate on “When have been you born?

Why? A wood poultry is swimming within the water. A stone fish is taking part in within the sky. Form-body and karma-body come from considering. Dharma-body is natural and transparent and countless in time and area. at the water of 1000 rivers, 1000 moons are mirrored. There are not any clouds over 10000 miles, simply blue sky for 10000 miles. See you quickly. S. S. 17. Apples and Oranges in the future Seung Sahn Soen-sa used to be sitting within the kitchen of the windfall Zen heart with a few of his scholars. within the heart of the desk was once a bowl packed with apples and oranges.

He will not hand it to you to consume. on your way of life, this philosophy of yours is dead. One's philosophy might be functional. we must always be capable of follow it in our lifestyle. Our philosophy and our everyday life shouldn't be separate; they need to be one. Philosophy may be such that standard everyone is in a position to use it. at the present time the realm is such that the scientists will not think such issues. they might not think something that does not paintings. ” Soen-sa stated, “I am now not a thinker. it's not that i am a scientist. it's not that i am a Buddhist.

Depart! ” Su Tung-p'o staggered out of the room. What had the grasp intended? What was once this instructing that nature may well provide and males could not? absolutely absorbed during this query, Su Tung-p'o fixed his horse and rode off. He had misplaced all experience of course, so he enable the pony locate the way in which domestic. It led him on a course during the mountains. abruptly he came across a waterfall. The sound struck his ears. He understood. So this was once what the grasp intended! the total world—and not just this global, yet all attainable worlds, the entire such a lot far-off stars, the total universe—was similar to himself.

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