By Seung Sahn
Here's the inimitable Zen grasp Seung Sahn up shut and personal—in choices from the correspondence that was once one among his fundamental modes of educating. Seung Sahn obtained hundreds and hundreds of letters per thirty days, each one of which he spoke back individually, and a few of the easiest of that are integrated the following. His frank and humorous sort, ordinary to readers of Dropping Ashes at the Buddha, is visible the following in a such a lot intimate shape. The loved Zen grasp not just solutions questions about Zen educating and perform, yet applies an enlightened method of issues of paintings, relationships, agony, and the teacher-student dating.
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While you're status there at the moment, what are you able to do? i think as though i'm making a few development towards reaching an “answer” to it . . . which turns out (for me besides) to need to do with that factor you retain telling us, that “Zen is believing in your self a hundred percent,” anything i've got simply by no means been capable of do. I’ve came across that i feel 100% in my love for my son, to the purpose that i'm keen for him to reject me or maybe for my thought to fail. He’s simply now not sufficiently old to make overall judgements for his existence in each means. this is often one i need to make for him. And obviously he went inside of himself, knew i used to be correct in his middle, and made up our minds to move besides it. Anyway—he is a special child at the present time, and no matter what occurs, the day gone by was once possibly a turning aspect for us either. Your educating is starting to get via to me, Soen Sa Nim—thank you a great deal. Love, Diana November 10, 1976 pricey Diana, thanks in your letter. How are you and Ezra and your whole kin? now we have simply complete the seven-day yong maeng jong jin the following on the windfall Zen heart. After sitting yong maeng jong jin, your brain used to be transparent. a transparent brain is sort of a transparent reflect, so while anger seemed, you mirrored with offended motion. you're keen on your son, so that you have been indignant. is that this right? Don’t fee your mind—when you're offended, be offended. while you are chuffed, be at liberty. whilst unhappy, be unhappy. Afterwards, checking is not any strong. Your prior anger and the anger you stated on your letter are various. ahead of yong maeng jong jin, it used to be connected anger; after yong maeng jong jin, your anger used to be basically mirrored anger. in case you do extra challenging education, the mirrored anger will swap to perceived anger. After extra working towards, perceived anger will disappear. you then may have simply loving anger—inside you won't be offended, merely offended at the open air. So connected anger, mirrored anger, perceived anger, loving anger—all are altering, altering, altering. Anger is anger; anger is the reality. Don’t fear, don’t payment yourself—it has already handed. the way you maintain just-now brain is essential. hooked up anger occasionally lasts for 3 hours, occasionally 3 days, and doesn't fast go back to love-mind. in the event you have been crying, you had mirrored anger; it didn't final lengthy. quickly you back in your brain that loves your son, and also you knew what to do to aid him. You believed in your self one hundred pc. After extra tough education, your mirrored anger will switch to perceived anger. you'll suppose anger yet now not convey it; it is possible for you to to regulate your brain. eventually, you've got in simple terms loving anger, anger in basic terms at the outdoors to assist different people—“You needs to do that! ”—but no anger at the inside of. this can be precise love-mind. You had already performed 3 days of not easy education in the course of yong maeng jong jin, so your brain gentle used to be shining for your son’s brain. every thing is from a chief reason; fundamental reason skill karma. in the event that your karma disappears, then the first reason disappears. If the first reason disappears, then the outcome will disappear. Your son’s undesirable karma and your karma are heavily hooked up, so in case your karma disappears, then your son’s karma also will disappear.