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No River to Cross
A collection of Daehaeng Kun Sunim’s teachings that have been organized by topic, ranging from practice in daily life, to the meaning of Buddha-nature. Open it anywhere, and just start reading. Excerpted from the Korean book, Principles of One Mind, with a foreword by Robert Buswell.
“No River to Cross speaks directly and simply from the heart, much in the manner of Shunryu Suzuki’s Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind. Master Daehaeng’s ability to penetrate the skin with plain and pointed words should give this work the same longevity.” — Francisca Cho, Georgetown University, translator of Everything Yearned For.
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Wake up! Stop being deceived by your attachments, fears, and dualistic thinking. The truth you are searching for already exists everywhere in your daily life. When you realize this, you’ll laugh until your sides hurt at how much effort you spent to discover that you are yourself!
The wisdom and deep compassion of one of Korea’s foremost Seon(Zen) Masters shines throughout the five Dharma talks that comprise Wake Up and Laugh! With clear insight, Seon Master Daehaeng emphasizes the role of our fundamental mind, our Buddha-nature, across a wide range of topics from family and business problems to death and mental illness
The world we live in is none other than the realm of the Buddha.
Here it is forever Spring, flowers bloom without end,
and the fragrant path is ever open.
Chanted every day in Buddhist temples throughout Korea, A Thousand Hands of Compassion integrates all the major aspects of Korean Buddhist thought. Popular with ordained and lay people alike, variations have been recited in Korea for the past 1,300 years.
In this version by Seon Master Daehaeng, Avalokitesvara, the Bodhisattva of Compassion, does not exist apart from our inherent Buddha-nature, and the thousand hands of Avalokitesvara are the manifestation of the enlightened compassion inherent within us all
This book is published in a Korean/English edition, with artwork by Hyo Rim, and foreword by the poet Ko Un:Like quietly flowing water, may my heart always flow toward one mind. Coming and going are all done through the foundation. With a quietly flowing mind, I will become one with my foundation. l
In September 2010, A Thousand Hands of Compassion was awarded the IF Design Award in the “Communication“ field. It turns out this is kind of a big deal in the design world. Congradulations to Su-yeon Park, who did the design and layout, and to Hyo Rim, who provided the original artwork. They really did a great job.
(from the foreword by Ko Un)Who is a bodhisattva, what is a bodhisattva? If a bodhisattva can’t help the beings that are here right now, is such a person really a bodhisattva?A thousand times No! A true Bodhisattva calls forth unconditional incomparable compassion holds nothing back, and saves the lives in front of her. Behold, like a thousand moons shining in a thousand streams all flowing flowing, Bodhisattvas shine forth pure light upon all. And seeing so many still unable to free themselves from a thousand kinds of suffering and pain, how sad, how sad, the tender compassion of a thousand Bodhisattvas rushes forward. Such far-reaching compassion, the compassion of a thousand eyes, not the two eyes tainted with desire, but a thousand eyes overflowing with every aspect of compassion.
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Other booksReligions of Korea in Practice
This book has a chapter about Buddhist prenatal education in Korea, as well as Daehaeng Kun Sunim’s teachings about this (called taegyo in Korean). In the spirit of full disclosure, I wrote it as well as the one in the next book, but there are some really interesting ideas here, and I had a great time exploring them as I wrote the chapter.
I became interested in the topic after seeing so many children at our centers who just seemed to be so much more spiritually aware than I ever was at that age. I wanted to look into how their parents practiced, and how that contributed to their children’s development. Many of the parents also explained what Daehaeng Kun Sunim had told them about prenatal education in the course of private interviews with her.Makers of Modern Korean Buddhism
This is quite a nice volume about modern Korean Buddhism, with many chapters about key figures. It has a chapter on Daehaeng Kun Sunim, and her teachings about spiritual practice, especially with regard to the idea of “Doing without any thought of doing.” There are a couple of things I’d like to rewrite (I wrote the chapter five years ago), but on the whole I’m happy with how it came out.
(More updates to come)