By Seung Sahn
This notable publication is of serious value not just for the diversity of the 365 kong-ans, yet for Zen grasp Seung Sahn's personal questions and observation which accompany every one kong-an. This prodding and counsel function guideposts alongside a tricky street to enlightenment. The kong-ans themselves and perform for life-practice for life-practice for answering the questions that are profound and functional bobbing up daily.
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Like several keen-eyed Zen Masters, he's utilizing what's on hand, in the neighborhood and within the tradition. The grasp is on the market to every person and does not reject a person. he's able to use all occasions and does not waste whatever. this is often known as embodying the sunshine. (Tao Te Ching, bankruptcy 27) Religions are languages to specific what's past language. at first was once the be aware, yet ahead of the start there has been now not even a whisper. while the Buddha held up a flower, while Jesus took a toddler in his fingers, they have been announcing a similar factor. we will aspect to that factor with phrases from any non secular language. So vacancy equals fullness, and the dominion of God equals the Bodhisattva brain. (As a postscript, i need so as to add one Jewish kong-an: The Bible says that God's actual identify is "I am. " what's this "I am"? ) Dae Soen Sa Nim has requested me to claim whatever approximately kong-ans and the Tao. i need to make issues. the 1st is that each one the solutions are already inside of us. we do not have to glance at any place else. This proposition has a corollary: while something is inaccurate in our lives, we must always glance within ourselves for the karmic obstacle. "If you blame an individual else," the 6th Patriarch stated, "you your self are in charge. in case you imagine you're a sufferer, it truly is that very suggestion which makes you a sufferer. " Confucius acknowledged, "In the archer there's a resemblance to the mature individual. while he misses the bull's-eye, he turns and seeks the cause of his failure in himself. " the second one aspect is that every one our realizing is dead if we wish to really comprehend. "Don't be too intelligent," Dae Soen Sa Nim used to assert. "It's like hitting a golfing ball with a putter: if you hit the ball too not easy, it jumps out of the cup, no matter if your target is ideal. " tips on how to input the shiny present of the Tao is to allow move of every thing we predict we all know. the best brain is the easiest. If kong-ans are questions that we paintings on basically within the interview room or on our meditation cushions, they're of restricted worth. it truly is precise that either historic Masters and modern scholars have had reports of deep perception via this paintings. yet much more vital, i believe, kong-ans are solid perform simply because they're perform for all times. engaged on them prepares us for the nice ordinary kong-ans that existence so rudely and compassionately offers us with: What needs to I do to totally enable cross of my parents, and hence turn into really mature? How am i able to make clear my cash karma and attain correct livelihood? What alterations do i need to make in myself in order that my marriage can turn into a radiant transmission of the Dharma? those normal kong-ans could take years, many years, of excruciating paintings. Kong-an perform teaches us to attend less than the cloud of unknowing, taking a look the place there's not anything to determine, listening the place there's not anything to listen to. ultimately we take into account that all ideas come to us by way of themselves, from the good of being, if in basic terms we cease attempting to keep watch over. the key is belief. after we belief ourselves to not-know, we the right way to belief the radiant creativity of the Tao, the intelligence of the universe.