Gold Coast Zen Meditation

June 27, 2010

My Dharma Speech is Already Finished

Filed under: Uncategorized — Gold Coast Zen Meditation Group @ 8:30 pm

A person’s head becomes whiter and whiter as he gets
older, but the color of the mountain remains green. In the
end, both the mountain and the person return to emptiness.
Today is the end of Kyol Che. That means don’t attach
to the world of name and form. If you don’t attach to
the world of name and form, there’s nothing left but our
moment-to-moment world. What am I doing in this moment?
That’s most important.
Actually my dharma speech is now finished. However,
many people don’t understand so I will explain a little more.
Usually we would say that my mind brought me here to
listen to this talk. But where is mind? From where does it
appear and where does it go? We don’t understand that.
That is human. You carry your mind around everywhere
but you don’t know what it is. We are always proclaiming,
“I, I, I,” but we don’t understand “I.” So the big question
is: What is human? A famous Zen poem says: “Coming
empty handed, going empty handed —that is human.
When you are born, where do you come from? When you
die, where do you go? Life is like a floating cloud which
appears. Death is like a floating cloud which disappears.
The floating cloud originally does not exist. Life and death,
coming and going are also like this. But there is one thing
which always remains clear. It’s pure and clear, not depending
on life and death. Then what is that one pure and clear
thing that pulls this body around?” What is the meaning of
all these people from foreign countries coming here to our
temple in Korea to practice Zen? Because of that one pure
and clear thing they come here.
Excerpt from Talk by Zen Master Seung Sahn at Mu Sang Sa temple-at the close of Winter Kyol Che 2001


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