A really cool poem/song

풍물용 (12-1)One of our members wrote this (in Korean) for our upcoming youth retreat. I think it’s going to be in the form of a song or perhaps a rap performance. Anyway, it’s pretty good! The author is Chang Jeong Lim(임창정). 





As the days flow away, one after the other,
Why are you still sitting there all alone in your room,
lost in one worry after another?

Yeah, you! Open the door!
Open the door of your mind, and look inside!

(Hey you!) Did you really just spend the entire day being dragged around by outer influences?
(Open the door) Crying, laughing, staggering?
(Hey you!) Observe the movement of your mind.
(Open the door) Observe who is doing everything!

The morning’s already here,
the sun’s bright in the sky.
Why do you close the door of your mind?
Why do you close your eyes to your mind?
Why don’t you know what’s really going on?
Open the door!
Open the door of your mind and look inside!

You spent yesterday just like the day before,
problems have only gotten worse.
You still haven’t looked within?
What on earth do you think you’ll find outside yourself?
Open the door.
Open the door of your mind and look within.

(Hey you!) Did you really just spend the entire day being dragged around by outer influences?
(Open the door) You think happiness is going to be there on the other side of the mountain?
(Hey you!) Entrust it to your true essence.
(Open the door) Let it go to your foundation, then the answers will come.

Can you really eat or sleep in peace,
not having entrusted anything for the entire day?
Are you still begging for something from outside?
Why don’t you know the truth?

Open the door, door, door.
Open the door of your mind! Look inside!

Let’s begin by observing what’s arising,
Let’s begin by entrusting it all, one by one.
Let’s laugh a lot.

Let’s open the door.
Open, open, open!


You and your root are inseparable

Miruk Temple in the Wolak mountains

Here’s another great verse from the Dharma talk I’m working on. Instead of “family problems” feel free to insert health problems, money problems, and so on. Whatever you like!


How should you handle these kinds of family problems? Think back to what I just said: you and your root are inseparable. Everything arises, or not, through the functioning and power of this inherent nature.

So entrust everything back within yourself, and know that, “It’s you, true nature, through which karma can arise, and it’s you that can keep it from arising. This flesh I have isn’t my foundation, and it isn’t my true shape. This ‘me’ doesn’t exist at all. So ‘I’ don’t have to get tangled up in these things. It’s you, as the whole, that can take care of all this.” And then deeply entrust where you are now and what you face to this essence, this reality, and just keep observing.

— from a talk by Daehaeng Kun Sunim