Wanting Enlightenment Is a Big Mistake Teachings of Zen Master Seung Sahn

ISBN-10: 1590303407

ISBN-13: 9781590303405

Edition: 2006

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A major figure in the transmission of Zen to the West, Zen Master Seung Sahn was known for his powerful teaching style, which was direct, surprising, and often humorous. He taught that Zen is not about achieving a goal, but about acting spontaneously from "don't-know mind." It is from this "before-thinking" nature, he taught, that true compassion and the desire to serve others naturally arises. This collection of teaching stories, talks, and spontaneous dialogues with students offers readers a fresh and immediate encounter with one of the great Zen masters of the twentieth century.
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List price: $19.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Incorporated
Publication date: 8/8/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 5.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

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The rice-pot master
Not-thinking action
Shoot the Buddha!
Why Zen seems difficult
Crazy mind
Zen master Ko Bong's try-mind
Frog stand
Zen Master Man Gong's thumb-and-forefinger Zen
Original clothes
Good things
Natural style
Tollbooth Bodhisattva
Poison arrow
Special-practice monks
Beginning of this world
Why are we here?
The sixth Patriarch's mistake
Where is the real Buddha?
God's substance
Dog kills Joju
Understanding nothing, attaining nothing
Attaining nothing, part two
Zen math
I want to die!
Making life and death
Magic thinking
What is God?
Zen and world peace
Keeping not-moving mind
Why is the sky blue?
Who made you?
What to do about sleeping
Cinema Zen
Killing plants
Zen master in love
Karma talking
You are a robot!
Your nature is not strong
(Never) finish saving all beings
Zen, astrology, karma
Zen master Seung Sahn remembers his teacher
Wild-action teachers
Intelligence in Zen? : three courses in Zen math
Learning from Las Vegas
A good sense of direction
Great suffering, great vow
Women cannot get enlightenment!
Letter to a dictator
The early life of Zen Master Seung Sahn
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