Friday, November 13, 2009

Mahakasyapa and Zen Master Seung Sahn

This is a tribute to a remarkable master whose wisdom can be glimpsed from his answer in the video. Nov 30th marks his 5th year anniversary of his death and I wish I could tell him now that I have understood that the "Don't Know Mind" is just the same as the Mahamudra mind. At that time I donot understand and donot know how to practice Zen. But I am sure he will be proud of me today. And I hope I will be able to keep it up till I am enlightened just like him. I pray sincerely that we will meet again..somewhere, somehow !!!


Question: Is it true that you were Mahakasyapa in a former life?

Zen Master Seung Sahn: Dont even talk about such nonesense. That was a long long time ago. Zen means using your mind clearly from moment to moment. So what if the Buddha appeared, if Mahakasyapa appeared, if all the patriarchs were a bunch of drunks. Those things have nothing to do with with you or me. The only thing that is important is for you to sit here and now, be clear, and work towards enlightment.

2 comments:

Antique Buddhas said...

Great Statement by Zen Master Seung Sahn at the end of the article.
Lord Buddha actually always focus on this statement that one should stay in the path of Dharma but not in the path of Lord Buddha.

Mahabodhiyana said...

yes, agree.