My Pain Is Very Expensive
“No, no, no, no! It’s enough only I experience this. Never give to you……only I keep!”
Dae Kwan Sunim insisted, but Zen Master Seung Sahn said, “My pain is very expensive!”
“How much, sir?” she asked him. “We will buy it from you.”
“My pain is so expensive, you cannot buy it!” Zen master Seung Sahn replied.
Dae Kwan Sunim leaned into his ear and said, “Then maybe I will sell the Su Bon Zen Monastery, get lots of money and give it to you. Then you give us your pain!”
There was a moment of silence.
Dae Kwan Sunim continued, “If we give you all this money, then what will you do with it?”
Zen Master Seung Sahn replied “I take your money, then rent another Zen center, save all beings from suffering!”
At these words, everyone burst out laughing. Then he said, “That’s not a bad business deal, yah?”