By Zen Master Seung Sahn
Our world is supported by three columns: time, space and cause and effect. But, where do time and space come from? Also, who makes cause and effect? Time, space and cause and effect are made by thinking. Our thinking makes everything. So the three columns that support our world are created by our mind.
But if our mind disappears, then thinking disappears. If thinking disappears then time, space and cause and effect disappear; then empty world appears. Empty ... completely empty. Another name for â€œempty worldâ€ is Substance. This is the Substance of the whole universe: human beingâ€™s substance, dogâ€...
In this whole world everyone searches for happiness outside, but nobody understands their true self inside.
Everybody says, â€œIâ€ â€“ â€œI want this, I am like thatâ€¦â€ But nobody understands this â€œI.â€ Before you were born, where did your I come from? When you die, where will your I go? If you sincerely ask, â€œwhat am I?â€ sooner or later you will run into a wall where all thinking is cut off. We call this â€œdonâ€™t know.â€
Zen is keeping this â€œdonâ€™t knowâ€ mind always and everywhere.
When walking, standing, sitting,
lying down, speaking, being
Mountain is mountain, water is water,
Mountain is blue, water is flowing.
East, West, South, North.
Circling around, around and around this globe for thirty years.
Running, running, and running, not resting even for a day,
In order to show correct Way, correct Truth, and correct Life.
This empty world becomes substance world,
Substance world becomes truth world.
Truth world changes into function world.
World after world, life after life, only following the Bodhisattva path.
To attain that, could not even rest one minute, not even one second.
White faces, black faces, yellow faces.
Numberless eyes all become one.
Holding both hands with ...
From a talk at the Seoul International Zen Center
Question: Recently I saw a calligraphy of yours in the U.S. which said, â€œFreedom from family karma.â€ What does this mean? Why is this important?
Zen Master Seung Sahn: The basis of the family is emotion. Emotional connections make the family. But, emotion and love are different. Emotion means opposites feeling: like/dislike, good/bad, mine/yours. Love means there are no oppositesâ€“only giving, giving, givingâ€“always giving.
Understanding is in our head; emotions are in the heart. Our centerâ€“the tantienâ€“is just below the navel. If you ...
One, two, three. Where do these numbers come from? You already understand. Children want candy; business people want money; scholars want to become famous. There are many kinds of people and many directions. Where do they finally go? If you attain this point, you attain human nature and universal substance. If you attain universal substance, you can see and hear clearly, and your emotions, will, and wisdom can function correctly. Then your life is correct and you can help all beings. This is called the Great Bodhisattva Way.
From the Whole World is a Single Flower by Zen Master Seung Sahn