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

By Zen Master Seung Sahn

“Somebody comes into the Zen heart with a lighted cigarette, walks as much as the Buddha statue, blows smoke in its face, and drops ashes on its lap. you're status there. What are you able to do?” it is a challenge that Zen grasp Seung Sahn is keen on posing to his American scholars who attend his Zen facilities. losing Ashes at the Buddha is a pleasant, irreverent, and infrequently hilariously humorous dwelling list of the discussion among Korean Zen grasp Seung Sahn and his American scholars. such as dialogues, tales, formal Zen interviews, Dharma speeches, and letters utilizing the Zen Master’s real phrases in spontaneous, residing interplay along with his scholars, this publication is a clean presentation of the Zen instructing approach to “instant dialogue” among grasp and pupil which, by utilizing astonishment and paradox, ends up in an figuring out of final truth.

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The great and ancient Tantric tradi­ tion, as we shall see, was never strong on caste; and Buddhist texts like the D ham m apada are never loath to criticize pride based on birth and social position. 33 In several senses, then, the bhakti movement was not new. It is proverbial that nothing in Indian tradition is ever lost; attitudes and thoughts are sometimes lightly buried, to be revealed again by a stirring of the air in the right time and place. And the freshness of what has long been buried is often somewhat surprising.

There are ele­ ments in the work of art which enhance this state, and these elements are known as vibhdva, anubhava, and vydbhicaribhava. S. K. De in his Sanskrit Poetics describes the func­ tions of these in the following way: Devoid of technicalities, a vibhdva may be taken as that which makes the permanent mood (sthayi-bhava) capable of being sensed: an anubhava is that which makes it actually sensed; while a vydbhicdri-bhava is that which acts as an auxiliary or gives a fresh impetus to it.

4:4 9 -5 0 . ”39 Although the story of the love of Radha and Krsna is told in such texts as the Naradapahcaratra and the Brdhmavaivarta-purdna, these texts are at best of uncertain date and are not accepted as canonical by the Bengal Vaisnavas themselves. d . 1130, well before the time of Jayadeva. In the Sanskrit anthology Subhdsitaratnakosa, the Bengali poet Dimboka writes: “The city folk are waked at 39B hdgavata-purdna 10:30:28 (10:30:24 of the Murshidabad edition); see Sukumar Sen, Balaramaddser padavali, bhumikd, p.

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