Completing Yourself

Here’s a translation of a short but powerful Dharma talk by Daehaeng Kun Sunim.

Everything that confronts you-
take it all and entrust it to one place, one hole,
change negative things into wholesome things
by firmly entrusting them to that one place.

Do this with everything that confronts you.
Even when something arises from within you,
even when something confronts you from outside,
remember that all of those things are your foundation
testing you,
to see how you react.

Even when things seem overwhelming,
don’t be afraid.
Without dwelling on like or dislike,
just silently entrust it all.
Take what confronts you, and know
“This is what I have to do,”
and silently take care of it.

Answer others gently,
speak gently, think gently,
think gently,
and trust that one place with everything.

If you keep doing this,
if you become adept at this,
then the time will come when
your true self makes itself known to you.
This will absolutely happen.

I have personally confirmed and verified this.
There is the core inside of an electric cable
that makes it possible for energy, for light, to go back and forth.
Likewise, there is a core that underlies this shell of ours.
Taking everything and returning it to this core  
is the path of completing yourself.

                                              -Daehaeng Kun Sunim

copyright 2010, The Hanmaum Seonwon Foundation

4 thoughts on “Completing Yourself”

  1. Really, really wonderful. It’s great how Daehaeng Kun Sunim uses such clear metaphors to emphasize the importance of returning everything to our foundation. I hope other Zen teachers follow her lead and realize how important it is to do this, because it isn’t something I come across very much.

  2. How beautiful! Just what I needed to hear today!

    I recently heard another Zen teacher say: “Trust that a thread of love operates in everything and listen deeply for this love.” For me they are saying the same thing in different ways.

    And your post here is a wonderful reminder for me to return to that core of Love, Light, open Awareness, True Self…

    Thank you – Christine

  3. Lawrence, how true about the importance of foundation.

    “Just as the royal frontier fortress has a foundation post — deeply rooted, well embedded, immovable, & unshakable […] with conviction as his foundation post, the disciple of the noble ones abandons what is unskillful, develops what is skillful, abandons what is blameworthy, develops what is blameless, and looks after himself with purity.”
    – Nagara Sutta

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