Here is a photo of my master I read his 500 page book the compass of zen twice and not only was it 500 pages long but the pages were also twice the size of a normal book
And here are some quotes from him
You can fix your body, your heart, your diabetes. In Korea, China, and India, there are people who do yoga. They go to the mountains and do breath-in, breath-out meditation. They can live 500 years and not get sick. Keeping their bodies for a long time is possible; even flying in the sky is possible. Seung Sahn
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Seung sahn was plagued by health problems but he never let it disrupt his immortal spirit
I always try meditation. Meditation means always keeping one mind, not-moving mind. Seung Sahn
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Meditation means keeping one mind. You must understand – what is life? What is death? If you keep one mind, there is no life, no death. Then if you die tomorrow, no problem; if you die in five minutes, no problem. Seung Sahn
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Correct meditation means correctly understanding your situation moment by moment – what are you doing now? Only do it! Then, each action is complete; each action is enough. Then no thinking, so each moment I can perceive everything just like this.
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Perceiving your own voice means perceiving your true self or nature. When you and the sound become one, you don’t hear the sound; you are the sound. Seung Sahn
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When reading, only read. When eating, only eat. When thinking, only think. Seung Sahn
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American dog say, ‘Woof, woof.’ Korean dog say, ‘Mung, mung.’ Polish dog say, ‘How, how.’ So which dog barking is correct? That is human beings’ barking, not ‘dog’ barking. If dog and you become one hundred percent one, then you know sound of barking. This is Zen teaching. Boom! Become one. Seung Sahn
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Human beings understand too much. Seung Sahn
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Don’t want anything. Then you get everything. Seung Sahn
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Human beings also kill animals not just for food. They take the animals’ skin to make shoes and hats and clothes. And even that is not enough. They take these animals’ bones to make necklaces or buttons or earrings. In short, they kill many, many animals in order to sell the animal parts for money. Because of these desires and this strong animal consciousness, human beings fight with each other, and destroy nature. They do not value life. So now this whole world has many problems; problems with the water, problems with the air, problems with the earth and food. Many new problems appear every day. These problems do not happen by accident. Human beings make each and every one of these problems. Dogs, cats, or lions, or snakes – no animal makes as many problems for this world as human beings do. Humans do not understand their true nature, so they use their thinking and desire to create so much suffering for this world. That is why some people say that human beings are the number one bad animal in this world. So human beings must soon wake up and find their original seeds, their original nature. -seung sahn
DRY COGNITION CANNOT HELP YOUR LIFE
Even if you understand all the Buddha’s speech, if you cannot demonstrate this understanding when called upon, it is worth nothing. Dry cognition cannot help your life. Even if you read all the eighty-four thousand sutras and attend dharma talks regularly, it will not help you as much as experiencing one moment of clear mind. At the moment of your death, what will your intellectual understanding do for you? In the future, you will eventually lose this body: at that time, how will your academic knowledge help you get a new one? All of our understanding is only somebody else’s idea. No matter how great this understanding is, if it hasn’t been digested and become yours through the practice of meditation, it cannot help you.
The Compass of Zen
Zen Master Seung Sahn, page 213.
January 19, 2013
“Our mind is like a clear glass of water. If you put salt into the water,
it becomes salt water; sugar, it becomes sugar water; shit it becomes
shit water. But originally the water is clear. No thinking, no mind.
No mind, no problem.”
Zen Master Seung Sahn