The Compass of Zen by Seung Sahn

By Seung Sahn

The Compass of Zen is an easy, exhaustive—and usually hilarious—presentation of the essence of Zen by means of a contemporary Zen grasp of substantial renown. In his decades of training during the global, the Korean-born Zen grasp Seung Sahn has turn into recognized for his skill to chop to the center of Buddhist educating in a fashion that's strikingly transparent, but freed from esoteric and educational language. during this booklet, dependent principally on his talks, he offers the elemental teachings of Buddhism and Zen in a fashion that's splendidly obtainable for beginners—yet so wealthy with tales, insights, and private reports that long-time meditation scholars also will locate it a resource of proposal and a source for examine.

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His students called him Dae Soen Sa Nim, “Great Honored Zen Teacher,” and he was the 78th Zen master in his line of dharma transmission in the Chogye order of Korean Buddhism. His books include The Compass of Zen, Dropping Ashes on the Buddha, Only Don’t Know, and The Whole World Is a Single Flower: 365 Kong-ans for Everyday Life. Sign up to learn more about our books and receive special offers from Shambhala Publications. com/eshambhala. The COMPASS of ZEN Zen Master Seung Sahn COMPILED AND EDITED BY Hyon Gak Sunim PREFACE BY Maha Ghosananda FOREWORD BY Stephen Mitchell SHAMBHALA Boston & London 2012 SHAMBHALA PUBLICATIONS, INC.

Also subject and object completely become one, because without thinking there is no subject or object. ” “Only don’t know . —completely become one. So Buddhist teaching always points directly to the nature of your mind. “Human beings are like this, and this, and this. ” It does not depend on books and learning. It does not rely on some god or outside power who will somehow answer these questions for us. ”—you will attain don’t know, which is your true nature, your true self. Buddhist teaching is always pointing you to a direct experience of your true nature so that you will actually attain the correct way, and truth, and a correct life.

Almost no one was interested. I was worrying very much how I could bring attention to the situation in my country. But even though we did not know each other at that time, Zen Master Seung Sahn immediately took me in. Still, I worried a lot. ” I asked. ” I could not believe what he was saying. It sounded a little crazy to a Theravada monk. ” “Since you are a monk, any temple in the world is your home, so you already have one million dollars. Also, you will always receive clothes from your students, so that’s two million dollars.

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