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The Teachings of Zen Master Seung Sahn Print this Newsletter

 

 

This issue of In the Moment introduces you to the teachings of Zen Master Seung Sahn (1927- 2004), the first Korean Zen master to live and teach in the West. Known for his exuberant teaching style, boundless energy, and compassionate wisdom, Zen Master Seung Sahn founded the Kwan Um School of Zen, an international organization of more than one hundred centers and groups. His teachings have been the inspiration for our work at DharmaCrafts for almost 30 years.

We invite you to meet one of the greatest Zen masters of our times through several of our favorite chapters from a newly published collection of his Dharma talks, Wanting Enlightenment is a Big Mistake: Teachings of Zen Master Seung Sahn, compiled and edited by one of his senior students, Hyon Gak Sunim.

Although this well-loved, dynamic teacher is no longer with us (Zen Master Seung Sahn passed away in November 2004), you can still hear his energetic voice and hearty laugh ringing — long after you have closed this book.

We hope you enjoy this issue of In the Moment.

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Zen Math by Zen Master Seung Sahn (compiled by Hyon Gak)

The following exchange took place between Zen Master Seung Sahn and a questioner at the Dharma Zen Center in Los Angeles:

Questioner: What is Zen?

Dae Soen Sa Nim: What are you?

Q: (Silence.) read more >>

From WANTING ENLIGHTENMENT IS A BIG MISTAKE: TEACHINGS OF ZEN MASTER SEUNG SAHN edited by Hyon Gak. (c) 2006 Paul Muenzen. Used by arrangement with Shambhala Publications, Inc., www.shambhala.com.

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Intelligence in Zen? Three Courses in Zen Math by Zen Master Seung Sahn (compiled by Hyon Gak)

A student at the New Haven Zen Center once asked Zen Master Seung Sahn, ‘‘You say that one must return to the mind of a child. Also Jesus talks like this. Then what is the role of intelligence in spirituality? What is the role of intelligence in understanding Zen?’’

‘‘What do you want, right now?’’ Zen Master Seung Sahn replied. read more >>

From WANTING ENLIGHTENMENT IS A BIG MISTAKE: TEACHINGS OF ZEN MASTER SEUNG SAHN edited by Hyon Gak. (c) 2006 Paul Muenzen. Used by arrangement with Shambhala Publications, Inc., www.shambhala.com.

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Why Are We Here? by Zen Master Seung Sahn (compiled by Hyon Gak)

Someone asked Zen Master Seung Sahn, ‘‘Why are we here?’’

‘‘Why did you come here today?’’

‘‘Because I wanted to come.’’

‘‘What do you want?’’

‘‘Well, I want happiness,’’ the student replied. read more >>

From WANTING ENLIGHTENMENT IS A BIG MISTAKE: TEACHINGS OF ZEN MASTER SEUNG SAHN edited by Hyon Gak. (c) 2006 Paul Muenzen. Used by arrangement with Shambhala Publications, Inc., www.shambhala.com.

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Women Cannot Get Enlightenment by Zen Master Seung Sahn (compiled by Hyon Gak)

One day, one of Zen Master Seung Sahn’s female American students asked him, ‘‘Sir, are there any women Zen masters in Korea?’’

‘‘No, no, no!’’ he quickly replied. ‘‘Of course not!’’

The student was completely shocked, even angered by this, more so because Zen Master Seung Sahn himself had always treated his female students with complete equality, and even formally authorized several of them to teach. ‘‘’ read more >

From WANTING ENLIGHTENMENT IS A BIG MISTAKE: TEACHINGS OF ZEN MASTER SEUNG SAHN edited by Hyon Gak. (c) 2006 Paul Muenzen. Used by arrangement with Shambhala Publications, Inc., www.shambhala.com.

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In each newsletter, Worst Horse.net will hand-pick some links for you. Check them out for a first-hand look at just how the Buddhist world is changing, on-line and off:

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