Learning to rely upon our true nature

 Here’s a very nice Dharma talk by Daehaeng Kun Sunim.
I had to smile as I reread this, because it really reflects her direct style and emphasis on each of us awakening to this bright essence that we each have.

Regardless of whether you are a layperson or a monastic,
everyone has to practice
relying upon their fundamental mind.
For each person has this one, true thing within them.
If you think that the best thing in the world
would be to truly know
this inherent foundation of yours,
this foundation that is leading the you of the material realm,
then you will succeed in grasping the truth.

You have to practice
such that the visible realm
and the unseen realm
always function together.
If you would have your body and mind
always function as one,
then entrust everything to your true self,
the master within that formed you.
If you live like this,
you’ll be one with everything
and know what peace is,
so entrust everything there.

 This physical body is a servant of our unseen self.
It just runs errands.
So it doesn’t really matter
whether you’re considered someone important or not.
When you’re frustrated or suffering,
“Okay true self,
you’re the one that can take care of this,”
and keep entrusting.
Only when you do this with everything in your life,
can you make some progress in your practice.

The personality traits that harm and hinder you
are still quite prominent,
so let go of those things,
over and over again.
Remind yourself,
“This inner master is leading me,
only this can show me the way,”
and entrust everything to it.
If you go forward like this
while viewing things positively,
refining virtue, and doing good actions,
then your wisdom will become abundant,
and your life will be well spent.
So really give this a try.

pppppp -Daehaeng Kun Sunim

Text copyright 2010, the Hanmaum Seonwon Foundation

Images copyright Joseph

8 thoughts on “Learning to rely upon our true nature”

  1. {When you’re frustrated or suffering, remember,
    “Okay true self, you’re the one that can take care of this”}

    Turning to the Buddha within?

  2. “You have to practice
    such that the visible realm
    and the unseen realm
    always function together.”

    This is a terrific passage, unbelievably deep. Thank you for posting this, Sunim.

  3. this one was just in time for me. Although I read this many times, lately I really “slipped” into some nasty zone of fear, where life seems like one big zone of danger, like a mine field which you don’t believe you can cross, when you really need something to lift you over that and carry. I have difficulty viewing positively things like news on TV, there are always terrible things on the news, I cannot view positively reports on disaster, sicknesses or crime evens that happen around the globe on the daily basis. There should not be suffering, it is just wrong.
    One woman in the temple said that it is necessary to have sometimes war, that it is good, she said that it is good to have suffering… but then, again, she was the one who asked, when I took her to observatory, whether Sun was a star. I told her, what did you think it was??? (a lamp held by a giant elf?) Then she looked at the telescope and said that she was disappointed, the Moon with two stars around was so small, and I said, it is not Moon!, it is Jupiter with four moons, but to myself I though, wow…, you see Moon in the sky so big compare to what you see in telescope, how could you think it was Moon, I also thought that is just so stupid, to be like this, not understanding anything around, and she said she went to university.
    I thought I should stop looking for friends and also I thought maybe everybody also seeing things twisted compare to what Buddha sees
    Anyway, there is nobody and nothing to rely upon, except the inner master, the inner self, that is the only safe and real place.
    There is one thing that I get reminded over and over again:
    Find yourself, your true self within you, not outside, focus on inward.
    There is one being that I always agree with is Kun Sunim, everything she ever said (that I know of ) seems totally right, I have nothing to disagree! It is wonderful.
    Thank you

  4. >>So really give this a try.<<

    OK, will do! The simplicity of these words allows them to penetrate gently and deeply, Sunim. But I like best is the idea of "keep on keeping on." That "over and over again" is very reassuring. Thank you!

  5. I just recently learned of Daehaeng Kun Sunim and read No River to Cross. Halfway through with that book, I promptly ordered the three books of hers from Korea that are not available in the U.S.

    I am immensely grateful for her wonderfully worded and compassionate teachings. Thank you for taking the time to share some of them here.

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