seon club notes – part three

Seon Club starts each month with everyone reciting the refuges and a little sitting meditation, and then we sit on benches in a kind of rough circle for our discussion. And every month Mrs Nam brings in a tray with little metal cups, seen everywhere in Thailand, and a big jug of cold water.

I placed my cup on the floor behind me, so as not to get in the way, and leant back to reach for it and have a drink. Sunim, following our discussion about the fairness or otherwise of the world, asked the group “what is the difference between an Englightened and an unenlightened person drinking water?”

“The taste of the water”, someone said. “The quality of the experience of drinking”, someone else added. “An Enlightened person” I thought to myself “would drink noiselessly and without drawing attention to himself!”

Sunim smiled at our answers and said “True. But the main difference in an Enlightened person would be, whilst drinking, the willingness and ability and action to help all other beings also quench their thirst too.”


Photo: The incredible image that accompanies this post is, like all images in the seon club notes series, a generous contribution from Joseph. Thank you brother.

4 thoughts on “seon club notes – part three”

  1. Isn’t that a great answer!

    It reminds of a question someone once asked:
    “How does the Bodhisattva of Compassion save beings?”

    “Like you adjust your pillow in the middle of the night.”

  2. Yes! Wonderful!

    Ungan asked Dojo, “How does the Bodhisattva Kanzeon use all those many hands and eyes?”
    Dogo answered, “It is like a man in the middle of the night reaching behind his head for his pillow.”

    Hekigan Roku: Case 89

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