The Mirror of Zen: The Classic Guide to Buddhist Practice by by Boep Joeng

By Boep Joeng

Trans. by way of Hyon Gak

The sacred radiance of our unique nature by no means darkens.
It has shined forth when you consider that beginningless time.
Do you want to input the gate that results in this?
Simply don't supply upward thrust to conceptual considering.

Zen grasp So Sahn (1520–1604) is a towering determine within the background of Korean Zen. during this treasure-text, he offers in basic but attractive language the center ideas and teachings of Zen. each one part opens with a quotation—drawn from classical scriptures, teachings, and anecdotes—followed through the author’s observation and verse. initially written in chinese language, the textual content was once translated into Korean within the mid-twentieth century through the distinguished Korean monk Boep Joeng. An American Zen monk, Hyon Gak, has translated it into English.

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Gatha On a clear and bright day, Clouds gather in deep valleys. In a remote and silent place, Radiant sunlight illuminates the clear sky. 12 It is extremely important that Zen practitioners should pursue live words, not dead words. Commentary If you attain enlightenment through live words, you will become a teacher equal to Buddha and the Patriarchs. 1 Therefore it is really only through “live words” that you can hope to be awakened to your own nature. Gatha If you truly wish to see Zen Master Lin-chi,2 You had better be a man of iron.

Is your mind unmoving even when the eight winds1 are blowing? These are essential questions that every student of the Way must constantly reflect on in the midst of everyday life. ” Commentary The Four Kinds of Debt are the indebtedness to parents, to country, to teacher, and to the donors who have materially supported our practice. The four elements that constitute our filthy body are earth, air, fire, and water. The humid ch’i (energy) of water comes from the mixture of a drop of your father’s sperm with a drop of your mother’s blood.

Indeed, the body is completely ephemeral. The demon of impermanence takes luscious pleasure in killing: this condition alone should terrify us out of our wits every moment of the day! Inhalation and exhalation are the ch’is of wind and fire, respectively. So in a way our life is utterly dependent on these fuels mutually feeding each other. The Eight Winds are eight types of circumstances that either suit you or go against you. 2 The sufferings of hell are beyond any description: plunged into molten metal and searing flames, dragged through mountains of swords and forests of jagged spears.

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