Heart Of Wisdom

Student: I’ve been struggling a lot recently, and I would appreciate your pointing finger. I’ve been struggling with the kind of life I live. Every day I go to work for a big corporation, and every day I hear over and over how we need to make more money and push people to buy more, and do what’s best for the company. It’s especially sensitive because it feels deeply..unbalanced.. that so much of the need to push people regardless of what’s right for them is.

And it’s not just with my company. I know that’s true everywhere. I’m part of a relationship with this society where we support not being enough, where we need to consume and be different and make more money.

I don’t know how things should or shouldn’t be, but all of this feels deeply deeply unbalanced to me. It feels very hard to live clearly and authentically in a way that doesn’t support this cycle.

I know, that in original nature there is the typing of the keyboard and the glare of the computer screen. But coming back to that in the rest of my life, there is still a deep sense of “this way is not balanced.”

I don’t know what to do. I’ve never known what to do. I just want to cry for how I feel like we’ve trapped ourselves in a cycle of delusions and suffering.

Zen Master Jok Um: Your Buddhist name is Bright Nature. That’s the best place to start. You lend your deep talents to an organization that markets education in the pursuit of profit. Being there heightens your sensibilities about how this unfolds, its roots and its effects. Your discomfort is the heart of the heart of wisdom. Bow to your teachers. You begin a new way by deeply seeing the current way.

Clear Mind Is Like The Full Moon

Clear mind is like the full moon in the sky. Sometimes clouds come and cover it, but the moon is always behind them. Clouds go away, then the moon shines brightly. So don’t worry about clear mind: it is always there. When thinking comes, behind it is clear mind. When thinking goes, there is only clear mind. Thinking comes and goes, comes and goes. You must not be attached to the coming or the going.

From Dropping Ashes on the Buddha

Reminders of Our Original Nature

This world is already complete before anything can be said about it. Then why do we have sutras and dharma talk and articles, such as the one you are reading now? It is only because we forget that we are already complete that we have all these words. Dharma talks and kong-ans and poems and sutras and explications of sutras and poems are all only reminders.

If we attach to all these words and sentences we are lost, as these lines from one of Mu Mun’s poems reminds us:

One who holds onto words is dead,

One who attaches to sentences is lost.

But if we let these words remind us of our original nature, the completeness of our mind before thoughts and words arise in it, if we perceive what these words are pointing to then let them go, even these words and sentences can help us fulfill our great vows to wake up from our dreams and help this world.

By Zen Master Hae Kwang