Kwan Um School of Zen
In this whole world everyone searches for happiness outside, but nobody understands their true self inside. Everybody says, “I” —But nobody understands this “I.” Before you were born, where did your “I” come from? When you die, where will your “I” go?
If you sincerely ask, “What am I?” sooner or later you will run into a wall where all thinking is cut off. We call this “don’t know.” Zen is keeping this “don’t know” mind always and everywhere.
–Zen Master Seung Sahn
When we return to don’t know, our thinking and emotions are cut off and we can see clearly our correct situation, our correct relationship and then act accordingly for the benefit of ourselves and others. In the Kwan Um School of Zen, we call that Great Love, Great Compassion and the Great Bodhisattva Way.
Student: What kind of Buddhism do you teach?
Zen master Seung Sahn: I only teach don’t know.
The teaching provided at Borisa is in the Kwan Um School of Zen tradition, its founding teacher being Zen master Seung Sahn, the first Korean Zen master to teach in the West. He is the 78th Patriarch in his lineage of Zen masters in Korea and established the international Kwan Um School of Zen in 1983 in the U.S. Subsequent growth of Zen centers and groups worldwide including Borisa, offer regular Zen meditation, retreats and teaching to an ever-growing global community of practitioners in-person and online.
Zen Master Seung Sahn, the founding teacher of our school, who first brought Korean Zen to the West.
“Zen means keeping correct situation, correct relationship and correct function moment to moment. That is correct life.”
— Zen Master Seung Sahn