Category: Monk-life

In the Holy Assemblies

In 29 years as a monk, most of it in Asian temples, I have had the honor to participate in Dharma assemblies like this… …and assemblies like this: Buddhism is

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Myong Hae Sunim (1973-2020)

Yesterday was the burial in Vilnius, Lithuania of a truly venerable Dharma sister, Myong Hae Sunim JDPS (“Ji Do Poep Sa” — Guide to the Way). She was a prominent

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Gate Gate Pāragate [ video ]

The Heart Sutra closes with the mantra, Gate gate pāragate pārasaṃgate bodhi svāhā, meaning “gone, gone, everyone gone to the other shore, awakening, svaha.” Well, maybe not everyone.

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Samsara Pisses Me Off!

When a Western newbie-monk asks our Teacher, Zen Master Seung Sahn, how he should answer people who question him about why he wants to sometimes keep silence, or even why

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Beggar /// 앵벌이

It is always going to be a little challenging trying to build and lead a community of true spiritual Zen (meditation) practice in the West. There are special challenges in

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