Dropping Ashes on the Buddha: The Teaching of Zen Master Seung Sahn

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Grove Press, 1976 - Religion - 232 pages
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?Somebody comes into the Zen center with a lighted cigarette, walks up to the Buddha statue, blows smoke in its face, and drops ashes on its lap. You are standing there. What can you do?” This is a problem that Zen Master Seung Sahn is fond of posing to his American students who attend his Zen centers. Dropping Ashes on the Buddha is a delightful, irreverent, and often hilariously funny living record of the dialogue between Korean Zen Master Seung Sahn and his American students. Consisting of dialogues, stories, formal Zen interviews, Dharma speeches, and letters using the Zen Master's actual words in spontaneous, living interaction with his students, this book is a fresh presentation of the Zen teaching method of ?instant dialogue” between Master and student which, through the use of astonishment and paradox, leads to an understanding of ultimate reality.
 

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A Must Read For All Those Who Want To read. One book. that take u out of words and phiosophy.

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This is a book for those who is asking, "Why do we exist?" and "Who am I?" and "What am I?" and "What is my purpose in life?"
If you understand Zen Master Seung Sahn teaching in this book, he has
transmit the "inga" to you. You have liberate yourself. You have change from within. You become your own light.
There is no secret to enlightenment or nirvana it is as easy as taking your finger touching sugar and taste to understand it is sweet and it like touching salt and taste to know it is salty. The whole world is not full of commotions, it is always in actions, it is transient. "Action with no separations."
Once your mind reach this point, you will understand that the world is sweet and your tears flow like a stream. "The trinity are one, actions with out separation. No one learn by not doing."
Grace, Love and in actions give rise to generosity, compassion and wisdom. then your desires, anger and ignorant disappeared then you recognize "Teneo Thy Ego."
 

Contents

Zen Is Understanding Yourself
3
The Zen Circle
5
My Dharma Is Too Expensive
8
Advice to a Beginner
10
Inside Outside
19
A Child Asks About Death
20
Who Needs a Zen Master
22
You Are Attached
23
Samadhi vs Satori
113
LinChis KATZ
115
Nirvana and Anuttara Samyak Sambodhi
117
Zen and the Arts
118
Plastic Flowers Plastic Mind
121
True Emptiness
123
You Must Wake Up
124
More Ashes on the Buddha
125

About the Heart Sutra
25
Not Difficult Not Easy
28
A Dharma Speech
30
What Is One Plus Two?
32
What to Do About Noise
33
You Must Become Completely Crazy
34
The Story of Ko Bong
36
How Can the Buddha Be Smiling?
39
Apples and Oranges
41
Kongan Blues
42
The 84000 Levels of Enlightenment
46
What Is Freedom?
49
The Great Treasure
50
The Moon of Clear Mind
51
What Have You Brought Here?
52
Enlightened and Unenlightened Are Empty Names
54
Why We Chant
56
A Dharma Speech
58
The Story of Won Hyo
60
Porcupines in RatHoles
63
Practicing Zen
66
It Is Your Mind That Is Moving
68
Bodhisattva Attachment
70
Five Kinds of Zen
71
The Color of Snow
75
DontKnow Mind Continued
76
Zen and Tantra
79
The 10000 Questions Are One Question
80
Buddha Is Grass Shoes
82
Three Interviews
84
When the Lights Go Off What?
86
Testing the Mind
87
What Is Death?
89
Wanting Enlightenment
91
The True Way for Women
93
Can You See Your Eyes?
94
Special Medicine and Big Business
96
Miracles
99
A Dharma Speech
102
A Little Thinking A Little Sparring
104
NoAttainment Is Attainment
107
True Sitting Zen
111
The Story of Su Tungpo
129
What Nature Is Saying to You
132
It
135
Does the Cat Have BuddhaNature?
140
Out of the Depths
141
Funny
144
The Story of Kyong Ho
145
Bodhisattva Sin
148
A Dharma Speech
150
The True Way
151
Sex MindZen Mind?
153
KeenEyed Lions and Blind Dogs
156
Original Sound Original Body
158
The Story of Mang Gong
163
Mang Gong Explains His KATZ
167
The Transmission of NoMind
168
Inside the Cows Belly
169
Today Is Buddhas Birthday The Sun Is Shining
171
Dok Sahn and His Stick
173
All Things Are Your Teachers
174
Who Makes One?
184
What Is Your Star?
186
The Story of Sul
187
Dialogue with Swami X
191
Big Mistake
196
The Tathagata
200
Bodhidharma and I
201
Correspondence with an Ordained American Lawyer
202
Saving All People
211
Dialogue at Tal Mah Sah
212
The Boat Monk
213
When the Bell Is Rung Stand Up
217
The Story of Mun Ik
218
What Did You Say?
220
Much Ado About Nothing
221
An Ambush in the Fields of Dharma
222
UnMuns ShortAnswer Zen
223
Ko Bong Explains a Poem
224
The Story of Seung Sahn Soensa
226
What Is Love?
232
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Stephen Mitchell is Leverhulme Professor of Hellenistic Culture at the University of Exeter. Previous books include A History of the Later Roman Empire AD 284 641 (2007) and, more recently, The Imperial Temple at Ankara and the Res Gestae of the Emperor Augustus. A Historical Guide (2008).

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