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Zen Master Kyong
Great-grandteacher of Zen Master Seung Sahn
- Don't wish for perfect health. In perfect health there is greed and
wanting. So an ancient said, "Make good medicine from the suffering of
- Don't hope for a life without problems. An easy life results in a
judgmental and lazy mind. So an ancient once said, "Accept the anxieties and
difficulties of this life."
- Don't expect your practice to be always clear of obstacles. Without
hindrances the mind that seeks enlightenment may be burnt out. So an ancient
once said, "Attain deliverance in disturbances."
- Don't expect to practice hard and not experience the weird. Hard practice
that evades the unknown makes for a weak commitment. So an ancient once said,
"Help hard practice by befriending every demon."
- Don't expect to finish doing something easily. If you happen to acquire
something easily the will is made weaker. So an ancient once said, "Try again
and again to complete what you are doing."
- Make friends but don't expect any benefit for yourself. Friendship only
for oneself harms trust. So an ancient once said, "Have an enduring friendship
with purity in heart."'
- Don't expect others to follow your direction. When it happens that others
go along with you, it results in pride. So an ancient once said, "Use your
will to bring peace between people."
- Expect no reward for an act of charity. Expecting something in return
leads to a scheming mind. So an ancient once said, "Throw false spirituality
away like a pair of old shoes."
- Don't seek profit over and above what your work is worth. Acquiring false
profit makes a fool (of oneself). So an ancient once said, "Be rich in
- Don't try to make clarity of mind with severe practice. Every mind comes
to hate severity, and where is clarity in mortification? So an ancient once
said, "Clear a passageway through severe practice."
- Be equal to every hindrance. Buddha attained Supreme Enlightenment without
hindrance. Seekers after truth are schooled in adversity. When they are
confronted by a hindrance, they can't be over-come. Then, cutting free, their
treasure is great.
from THOUSAND PEAKS: Korean Zen -- Tradition and Teachers by
Mu Soeng (Primary Point Press, revised edition 1991)
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