Rest Deeply

Here’s a letter from Michael, a very nice practitioner from Australia.

Greetings to you all
I have noticed a bit of a gap in recent postings, the last being Feb13. I have been a student of Chong Go Sunim for about two or so years (I think) and have thoroughly enjoyed and learnt from the many postings for longer. I have been a traveller along the Way for several decades, sometimes looking for the path while standing on it. I will be taking precepts in Korea in Sep 13, I have previously taken them through Vietnamese Thien (Zen) tradition.  I normally do not post online due to not thinking I have anything to add, and to avoiding arguments over perceptions, opinions, mental formation etc. which I have in abundance but now try to see as puffs of smoke, and try to relinquish my attachments to an I, Me, Mine world view – changing a personal mantra of “be reasonable see it my way’ to “don’t know/none of my business”.   Back to the point – gladly taking and enjoying the offerings of your web site while never giving, might be a tad selfish. So here goes:

When last visiting South Korea with my wife Elze, we had the pleasure of spending a morning with my teacher. On a later visit I was lucky to be given some calligraphy (from him not drawn by him).
rest deeply
I was told it meant rest deeply (I can’t remember the Korean), I have it on the wall in our bedroom and regularly think about it and what a wonderful gift to my practice it would be if I could incorporate into my being.
Chong Go Sunim recently advised me that I’m glad to hear that you’ve been practicing with everything that comes up, and handling it as well as can be expected. As I’m sure you know, it’s all about facing things while completely emptying yourself of everything you think you know.


I’ve been thinking a lot about emptiness and something Daehaeng Kun Sunim said, that if you think about your foundation in the morning, and again in the evening, it’s as if all the time in between is seamlessly connected to both.

My perfectionist mind kind of went, “well, okay, I guess.” but these days I’m thinking it really is true. I’m not sure what this means for you, but it’s what came to mind as I was reading your letter.”

To me it means my peacefulness can be measured by the amount of the I, Me , Mine I can relinquish – at least I have something to occupy myself with for next few centuries 🙂

Cheers and with Metta

8 thoughts on “Rest Deeply”

  1. Thank you so much Michael!
    Reading this letter makes me feel “yes, there IS a Sangha! We are all connected!” So much of what you say resonates with me too.
    Thank you posting!
    (And sorry that we have all let WUaL slip so badly in terms of posts!)
    Thank you!

  2. It’s October, the events come and go, but some questions stay unanswered. As so many of you delighted in Korea (no offence in anyway to anyone), why nobody ever touches a topic of dog meat in Korea, the tradition that seems rather evil and source of really bad karma for that nation; it is not enough that dogs are devoured, they are tortured with the utmost cruelty. These sick traditions are existing alongside peaceful temples. Does anybody care? Once a monk told me that Korea is the best country in the world, then I just laughed, then I did not know about horror stories of dogs, cruel traditions from hell and I did not know about certain parks that display obsession with male genitals. I am sad that temples in Korea don’t care about that. Buddha appeared in India, in the north of it, and it did not make that country any special, it is quite nasty nowadays. So if Korea had a really great teacher and taught a real Dharma, it is probably even more important for temples to teach compassion and try steer people away from stupidity and cruelty. There is a saying – sweeping dirt under a carpet, well, the practice can never progress when things are only dealed on the surface, maintaining the veneer of some “enlightened” view, delighting in this and that.
    I support Humane Society International for their work against cruelty and cruel traditions. As Mahatma Ghandi said “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way in which its animals are treated.” Not sure what I was trying to accomplish by writing this, maybe some kind of acknowledgement that monks and nuns do something towards eliminating traditions of horror and cruelty in the land where their enlightened masters walked, at least that it does bother them and that they are not indifferent. In Tibetan temples they say that dogs near temples are those monks who did not get enlightened, so they even allow dogs sometimes in the Dharma hall…….

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