There was once a man named Mojud. He lived in a town where he had
obtained a post as a small official, and it seemed likely that he would
end his days as inspector of weights and measures.
One day when
he was walking through the gardens of an ancient building near his
home, Khidr, the mysterious guide of the Sufis, appeared to him,
dressed in shimmering green. Khidr said, "Man of bright prospects!
Leave your work and meet me at the riverside in three days' time." Then
he disappeared. Mojud went to his superior in trepidation and said that
he had to leave. Everyone in the town soon heard of this and they said,
"Poor Mojud! He has gone mad." But, as there were many candidates for
his job, they soon forgot him.
On the appointed day, Mojud met
Khidr, who said to him, "Tear your clothes and throw yourself into the
stream. Perhaps someone will save you." Mojud did so, even though he
wondered if he were mad. Since he could swim, he did not drown, but
drifted a long way before a fisherman hauled him into his boat, saying,
"Foolish man! The current is strong. What are you trying to do?" Mojud
said, "I don't really know."
Lama Surya Das talks about Buddha is as Buddha Does: The Ten Original Practices for Enlightened Living.
Lama Surya Das is one of the foremost Western Buddhist
meditation teachers and scholars. Born Jeffrey Miller, he was raised in
Valley Stream on New York's Long Island. After
graduating with honors from college, he traveled throughout Europe and
the East, and he has spent nearly thirty years studying Zen, vipassana,
yoga, and Tibetan Buddhism with many of the great old masters of Asia.
Za Rinpoche, a Tibetan monk, first came to the world's attention
when his life story was chronicled in the first chapter of Po Bronson's
bestseller, What Should I Do with My Life? While growing
up in a refugee camp in Southern India, Za Rinpoche was recognized by
the Dalai Lama as the sixth reincarnation of the Za Choeje Rinpoche. Now, in The Backdoor To Enlightenment,
he shares with us the keys to immediate, profound realization and
lasting peace, revealing the secrets to enlightenment that have
remained hidden in the distant reaches of the Himalayas for more than a
Dennis Wholey interview about Zen beliefs and practices with Hyon Gak Sunim in Seoul, Korea.
Hyon Gak Sunim - was born Paul Muenzen in 1964 to a family of devout
Catholics in New Jersey, U.S.A. His mother is a PhD in biochemistry,
and his father was an executive at a prominent American computer
company, and later founded his own company. He has eight brothers and
He is currently the Head Teacher of the Zen hall at 500
year-old Hwa Gye Sah Temple in the Sam Gak Sahn Mountain range, outside
Seoul, South Korea. In August 2001, he received inka by Zen Master
Seung Sahn the 78th Patriarch in a lineage stretching back to
As all things are Buddha-dharma, there are delusion, realization,
practice, birth and death, buddhas and sentient beings.
things are without an abiding self, there is no delusion, no
realization, no buddha, no sentient being, no birth and death.
Buddha Way, in essence, is leaping clear of abundance and lack; thus
there are birth and death, delusion and realization, sentient beings
and buddhas. Yet in attachment blossoms fall, and in aversion weeds
To carry the self forward and illuminate myriad things is delusion.
That myriad things come forth and illuminate the self is awakening.
The greatest achievement is selflessness.
The greatest worth is self-mastery.
The greatest quality is seeking to serve others.
The greatest precept is continual awareness.
The greatest medicine is the emptiness of everything.
The greatest action is not conforming with the worlds ways.
The greatest magic is transmuting the passions.
The greatest generosity is non-attachment.
The greatest goodness is a peaceful mind.
The greatest patience is humility.
The greatest effort is not concerned with results.
The greatest meditation is a mind that lets go.
The greatest wisdom is seeing through appearances.
At the time of Suzuki's arrival, Zen had become a hot topic amongst some
groups in the United States, especially beatniks. Particularly influential were
several books on Zen and Buddhism by Alan Watts. Word began to spread about
Suzuki among the beatniks through places like The San Francisco Art Institute
and The American Academy of Asian Studies, where Alan Watts was once director.
Kato had done some presentations at the Academy and asked Suzuki to come join a
class he was giving there on Buddhism.
Venerable Hyon Gak Sunim is currently the Head Teacher of the Zen
hall at 500 year-old Hwa Gye Sah Temple in the Sam Gak Sahn Mountain range,
outside Seoul, South Korea. In August 2001, he received inka by Zen Master Seung Sahn the 78th Patriarch in a lineage
stretching back to Shakyamuni Buddha.