Kwan um means “perceive sound.” This means perceive your true self.
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Talking about opposite worlds or absolute world or complete world is an intellectual style where more explanation, more analysis becomes necessary. Zen only points to the moment world, the world of this moment.
If you want enlightenment, this enlightenment is far, far away.
The most important thing is to stay nimble, stay with things they are, and keep awake.
Traditionally, in China and Korea, only monks did Zen practice. But Zen has come to the West and here lay people practice Zen besides monks and nuns.
Human beings have too much understanding. Too much understanding, too much have problems.
I will tell you a story. There was a guy who went to his psychotherapist claiming that he had a big problem, and that it had been bothering him for one year already.
New Year poem, from Zen Master Seung Sahn, 1980
Zen is very simple… What are you?
In Buddhism, Buddha taught that suffering comes from opposite mind, opposite thinking. Instead of just being connected and appreciate being here, we are fantasizing about different things.