By Seung Sahn
This striking publication is of significant value not just for the diversity of the 365 kong-ans, yet for Zen grasp Seung Sahn's personal questions and observation which accompany each one kong-an. This prodding and assistance function guideposts alongside a tricky street to enlightenment. The kong-ans themselves and perform for life-practice for life-practice for answering the questions that are profound and useful coming up daily.
Read Online or Download The Whole World Is A Single Flower: 365 Kong-ans for Everyday Life PDF
Best Buddhism books
Turning our traditional realizing of strength on its head, world-renowned Zen grasp, religious chief, and nationwide bestselling writer Thich Nhat Hanh finds how precise strength comes from inside. What we search, we have already got.
With such bestsellers as A heritage of God and Islam, Karen Armstrong has continuously introduced ? penetrating, readable, and prescient? (The manhattan occasions) works that experience lucidly engaged a variety of religions and non secular matters. In Buddha she turns to a determine whose concept remains to be reverberating during the international 2,500 years after his dying.
The 1st whole translation of a vintage Buddhist text on the adventure via residing and dyingGraced with commencing phrases via His Holiness The Dalai Lama, the Penguin Deluxe version of The Tibetan ebook of the lifeless is "immaculately rendered in an English either swish and particular. " Translated with the shut help of major modern masters and hailed as “a super accomplishment,” this e-book faithfully provides the insights and intentions of the unique paintings.
Jeffrey L. Broughton bargains an annotated translation of the Whip for Spurring scholars Onward in the course of the Chan Barrier Checkpoints (Changuan cejin), which he abbreviates to Chan Whip. This anthology, compiled by means of Yunqi Zhuhong (1535-1615), has served as a Chan instruction manual in either China and Japan on account that its ebook in 1600.
Additional resources for The Whole World Is A Single Flower: 365 Kong-ans for Everyday Life
One of many targeted characteristics of the entire global Is a unmarried Flower is its ecumenism. Dae Soen Sa Nim has integrated not just kong-ans from chinese language and Korean Zen, but additionally from Lao-tzu and the Christian culture. the relationship among Buddhism and the founding academics of Taoism is celebrated: China used to be ready for Buddhism by means of the lessons of the I Ching (incorporated in Taoism), which emphasize compassion and self-reliance, egolessness and enlightenment, provider for the nice of all, deeds with no egocentric revenue, non-violence and tranquillity, and the popularity of everlasting switch, or transformation. these kinds of components are truly defined in Lao-tzu's Tao Te Ching, which expressed the Bodhisattva perfect of the Mahayana greater than years sooner than the creation of Buddhism in China. (Lama Govinda, the internal constitution of the I Ching) The outdated Masters themselves stated and venerated this kinship. here's Zen grasp Hsueh-tou (980-1052), compiler of the well-known kong-an assortment The Blue Cliff checklist: The moon floats above the pine bushes as you take a seat at the veranda within the cool night air. Your fingertips flow flippantly alongside the flute. The melody is so stunning that it makes the listeners weep. yet Zen's flute has no holes and its old, transparent track is past emotion. do not even attempt to play it except you can also make the good Sound of Lao-tzu. Dae Soen Sa Nim is, so far as i do know, the 1st Zen grasp whose assortment comprises kong-ans taken from a Christian writer. during this he's exhibiting the open-mindedness and suppleness that experience constantly characterised his educating, from his early days in the USA in 1972-73, whilst his younger hippie scholars, with their acid journeys and informal nudity, should have appeared to him like creatures from one other planet: attention-grabbing, barbaric, jam-packed with power. like several keen-eyed Zen Masters, he's utilizing what's to be had, in the neighborhood and within the tradition. The grasp is obtainable to each person and does not reject a person. he's able to use all events and does not waste whatever. this is often known as embodying the sunshine. (Tao Te Ching, bankruptcy 27) Religions are languages to precise what's past language. before everything used to be the be aware, yet prior to the start there has been no longer even a whisper. whilst the Buddha held up a flower, while Jesus took a toddler in his palms, they have been announcing an identical factor. we will aspect to that factor with phrases from any spiritual language. So vacancy equals fullness, and the dominion of God equals the Bodhisattva brain. (As a postscript, i need so as to add one Jewish kong-an: The Bible says that God's real identify is "I am. " what's this "I am"? ) Dae Soen Sa Nim has requested me to assert whatever approximately kong-ans and the Tao. i need to make issues. the 1st is that every one the solutions are already inside of us. we do not have to glance wherever else. This proposition has a corollary: while something is inaccurate in our lives, we must always glance within ourselves for the karmic predicament. "If you blame somebody else," the 6th Patriarch stated, "you your self are guilty.