Book Excerpts, Korean Texts

What is Death? You Are Already Dead

Seung Sahn was the first Korean Zen master to come to live and teach in the West. His style borrowed from a number of different Buddhist traditions, particularly Rinzai. The book, 'Dropping Ashes on the Buddha' is a collection of his teachings that happened both in person as well as through correspondence - a way… Continue reading What is Death? You Are Already Dead

Book Excerpts

What to Do About Noise

One day a student at the Cambridge Zen Center said to Seung Sahn Soen-sa, "I am disturbed by noise when I sit Zen. What can I do about this?" Soen-sa said, "What color is this rug?" "Blue." "Is it quiet or noisy?" "Quiet." "Who makes it quiet?" The student shrugged his shoulders. Soen-sa said, "You… Continue reading What to Do About Noise