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.
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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.
Hakuin, the fiery and intensely dynamic Zen master, was once visited by a samurai warrior.
Letter From A Student about Karma, and Response by Zen Master Jok Um (Ken Kessel)
We understand many things about this world, but we don’t understand ourselves.
We used to have a different translation of the second great vow: “Desires are inexhaustible. We vow to extinguish them all.” Once during an interview, a student asked Zen Master Wu Kwang: “Desires are inexhaustible. What does this mean?”