The Way, the Truth, and the Life

Don’t know anything about his books, but that is as clear and total a philosophy as any. It is the soul of the teaching of Zen. Moment-life = eternal life. It’s only don’t-know. Very simple, very clear. #zen #zenretreat #eternallife #eternallifewithjesus #notjustjesus #notevenjesus #notreligion #justdoit #onlynow #hyongaksunim #hyongak #seungsahnsunim #seungsahn #killthebuddha #throwawayjesus #throwawayphilosophy #kwanumzen #zencenterregensburg #zenmonk #예수님 #부처님 #현각스님 #숭산스님#세계일화 #화계사

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A.I. Does Have “Karma”. Fear It.

We all know what a seeming insurmountability it is to grapple with the forces and effects of our own karma, or “mind habits,” as Dae Soen Sa Nim so tersely defined it. Even after years and years of practice. And even he clearly could not perfectly master it, in his own life, despite a great enlightenment and a really really really strong center. I know that I cannot yet master it! Now, how about super-intelligent machines having karma wired into their very DNA? It is happening, because we make them. We are making AI, and we are wiring our karma

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Memorial Day, Memorial Retreat

Today is the 15th anniversary of the passing into Nirvana of Zen Master Seung Sahn (1927-2004), my Teacher, the one who showed how much I do not know. As he was leaving this body, seeing the worried looks on his lay students’ faces, some of them crying, he took his last strength and gave a final reassurance, saying, “Don’t worry. Don’t worry. The mountain is blue, and water is flowing.” Then, he passed. The solemn traditional Memorial Ceremony was held today at Dae Soen Sa Nim’s former home temple, Hwa Gye Sah, outside Seoul. Dae Bong Sunim led the delegation

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F-Bomb Dharma w/ Dae Bong Sunim

There’s a point to this blogpost, and it has to do with the holy use of the f-word by serious Zen Buddhist monks often when expounding the Buddhadharma of the cool Blue-Necked One. This post might seem to ramble into storytelling detours, in moments, but there is a fucking point to all this. Last March, we had a visit in Zen Center Regensburg from Dae Bong Sunim, the Patriarch (Jo Shil) of Mu Sang Sah Temple in Korea. In addition to being an all-around amazing human being, Sunim is one of the most esteemed and respected disciples of our Teacher,

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More Insights from Lesley Kaminoff @ Visit to Zen Center Regensburg

 Still processing and digesting some of the always fresh and free insights of this Great Man. He has given the clearest sense of how meditation can truly be in yoga practice, or not, which seems to be more usual. He really sees through so much of the fluffy bullshit, and gets right to the sinews, in fact.  The esteemed author of the necessary Yoga Anatomy, Lesley Kaminoff, was back at ZCR for two days of his clear-eyed insight into the ways to find the heart of meditation — or, Zen — in yoga. I get his stuff about Ashtanga, and

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