By Seung Sahn
The Compass of Zen is a straightforward, exhaustive—and usually hilarious—presentation of the essence of Zen via a latest Zen grasp of substantial renown. In his decades of training in the course of the international, the Korean-born Zen grasp Seung Sahn has develop into recognized for his skill to chop to the guts of Buddhist educating in a fashion that's strikingly transparent, but freed from esoteric and educational language. during this e-book, dependent mostly on his talks, he provides the fundamental teachings of Buddhism and Zen in a manner that's splendidly obtainable for beginners—yet so wealthy with tales, insights, and private reports that long-time meditation scholars also will locate it a resource of thought and a source for examine.
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However the Western temple nuns countered, “No, that’s now not right. It’s ‘Kwan Se-oom Bosal! ’ ” So this sound is a bit assorted for every temple. One workforce of nuns stated, “Kwan Se-um Bosal” is true, the opposite claimed, “Kwan Se-oom Bosal” is right. In each one temple, there have been greater than 200 and fifty nuns. so that they have been regularly combating, combating, combating. “Ours is right! ” “You’re no reliable! Oom is true! ” Ha ha ha ha! [Laughter from the viewers] in order that they couldn't make a decision which one used to be right. One morning the pinnacle nun for the japanese temple stood up in entrance of her dharma sisters. “We can't come to a decision something. So probably we must always ask the good Zen grasp up the mountain. ” all of the nuns notion this was once a good suggestion. “So the next day to come evening at 9 o’clock we’ll seek advice from the Zen grasp and get his opinion at the subject. ” Ha ha ha ha! however the abbot have been a nun for greater than thirty years. This challenge relatively frightened her much. “We say ‘um,’ they are saying ‘oom. ’ probably ‘oom’ is admittedly right in any case? If we're flawed, we are going to all lose face. How will we make sure we're correct? ” Then she spoke with another nuns. They talked backward and forward all evening. “Maybe we should always communicate with the Zen grasp prior to our assembly. merely how will we ask him the perfect method? this can be a vitally important topic! ” unexpectedly one younger nun stated, “Last yr i used to be Zen grasp Hak Un’s attendant. i do know he particularly likes rice brownies. you're making a few specified rice truffles, provide them to him, after which ask him. If we do that, probably a very good solution will seem! ” Then the entire nuns acknowledged, “Waah, that’s a good suggestion! you're very good! ” Now, making rice brownies is so easy. you're taking the rice dough, and roll it round, and slice off rice truffles with a pointy knife. So the nuns quick ready an excellent plate of rice truffles. and so they didn’t wish the Western temple nuns to determine them. In Korean temples, a bell is rung at 9 o’clock, and all of the lighting fixtures exit and the nuns needs to nod off. in order that they rang the bell as traditional, and labored at the rice truffles in very dim candlelight. After completing the rice muffins, of the main senior nuns have been chosen to make the journey up the mountain to work out the Zen grasp, sporting the heaping plate of rice brownies. After plenty of mountain climbing, the nuns eventually reached his tiny hermitage. This outdated Zen grasp doesn’t sleep loads, you recognize? KNOCK, KNOCK, KNOCK. From the opposite facet of the door, the Zen master’s voice should be heard. “Who’s there? ” “Oh, sir, we're from the jap nuns’ temple. ” “It’s already previous 9 o’clock. What’s fallacious? ” “Oh, we now have some—well, um, there has been a tremendous celebration for one of many older nuns. So we made those rice brownies. And now we predict approximately you, by myself in this mountain with not anything to consume! you're keen on rice muffins? ” “Oh! Rice brownies! fantastic! ” He used to be more than happy, you recognize? So he allow them to in. The monk was once giggling fortunately as they entered. Mountain clergymen don’t have such a lot of cookies, now not a lot of whatever, so rice truffles are a truly magnificent deal with. clergymen love rice truffles! Ha ha ha ha! “Oh, i love rice muffins!