Seeking words, chasing phrases: When do you have time for satori?
Zen Master Seung Sahn
Teacher of related teachings
Originally, everything is very simple, very harmonious. Only when „I” appears do things get complicated and suffering begins.
When „I” disappears, this whole world is yours.
When „I”appears, you lose this world.
Student: What is the relationship between asking “What am I?” and the flow of thoughts, perceptions, etc.? For example, do you address the question to particular thoughts, pains in the knee when sitting, etc.? When a thought comes, do you ask whom this thought is coming to?
A long time ago in Korea, a famous Sutra Master named Dae Oh Sunim traveled to Hae In Sah Temple lecture on the Hua Yen Sutra. He concluded his week‘s teaching by stating,
"For forty-nine years, the Buddha taught only one word: ‘All things are created by mind alone."
From talk at Seoul International Zen Center, Korea, March 9, 1996
Some people completely understand sutras. A long time ago, a famous old Sutra Master visited Ko Bong Zen Master.
Ko Bong Sunim asked him, “How long have you been teaching the sutras?”
Many students, colleagues and monks around the world mourn the passing of Wu Bong Dae Soen Sa Nim. This situation has occurred once before, in 1994, when Zen Master Su Bong passed away in similar circumstances while leading a retreat in Hong Kong.
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