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A (Zen) Dharma Speech

What is Zen Buddhism? Its a practice beyond dogma, scriptures and words.

Zen Buddhism finds a cure for a society that has become too steep in intellect, logic, preconceived ideas, dualism and self-professed knowledge. Its reasoning is illogical and its riddle at best insane. But its our mind that are the obstacles, not the illogical reasoning nor insane riddles.

Clear you mind just once, just once… and it becomes clear as sky, silent as a forest pond.

For many people of intellect, they find it hard to understand, yet the truth is only so simple. Many people have tried to elaborate on this practice, but I find that Zen Master Seung Sahn could capture and explain this most directly and clearly.

I was re-reading one of his books and came across his speeches again and am struck by how simple it can be, but at the same time how hard it is.
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When I first read the poem by Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh yearsa ago, I was overwhelmed with emotions and tears. Not that its a very sad poem nor that it tells a very sad story. But that I could related to his empathy and his insight of inter-being. In the poem, I could feel the pain and sufferings, the joys, the anger, the sadness, the wanting and even the calmness. The emotions are strong.

I feel that in this age of constant war, aversion, anger and hatred and with the mass media (esp. in the West) constantly portraying a one-sided view on terrorism, Tibet/China issue, Burma issues, environmentalism, human rights, etc, this poem becomes even more important for us all to gain insight into the true nature of compassion.

Please Call Me By My True Name
Thich Nhat Hanh

Do not say I depart tomorrow,
for even today I still arrive.

Look deeply: I arrive in every moment,
to be a bud on a branch,
to be a tiny bird with wings still fragile,
learning to sing in my new nest,
to be a caterpillar in the hearth of a flower,
to be jewel hiding itself in a stone. (more…)

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