No River to Cross: Trusting the Enlightenment That's Always Right Here

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It is often said that enlightenment means "crossing over to the other shore," that far-off place where we can at last be free from suffering. Likewise, it is said that Buddhist teachings are the raft that takes us there.

In this sparkling collection from one of the most vital teachers of modern Korean Buddhism, Zen Master Daehaeng shows us that there is no raft to find and, truly, no river to cross. She extends her hand to the Western reader, beckoning each of us into the ...

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Overview

It is often said that enlightenment means "crossing over to the other shore," that far-off place where we can at last be free from suffering. Likewise, it is said that Buddhist teachings are the raft that takes us there.

In this sparkling collection from one of the most vital teachers of modern Korean Buddhism, Zen Master Daehaeng shows us that there is no raft to find and, truly, no river to cross. She extends her hand to the Western reader, beckoning each of us into the unfailing wisdom accessible right now, the enlightenment that is always, already, right here.

A Zen (or seon, as Korean Zen is called) master with impeccable credentials, Daehaeng has developed a refreshing approach; No River to Cross is surprisingly personal. It's disarmingly simple, yet remarkably profound, pointing us again and again to our foundation, our "True Nature" - the perfection of things just as they are.

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Editorial Reviews

Francisca Cho
"No River to Cross speaks directly and simply from the heart, much in the manner of Shunryu Suzuki's Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind. Master Daehaeng's ability to penetrate the skin with plain and pointed words should give this work the same longevity."
David McCann
"No River to Cross gives us a strong voice, at times astonishingly direct; a balance of clear explanations of the complex terms and concepts of Buddhist practice with precise, perfectly chosen, illuminating examples; and a striking relevance for today's world in Daehaeng Sunim's reflections, among other topics, on creation, evolution, and religious conflict."
Robert Buswell
"Daehaeng Kun Sunim emerges in this collection as one of the most creative and accessible of contemporary Korean Buddhist teachers, capable of using even the most mundane of daily events as grist for the mill of Buddhist teaching and practice."
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No River to Cross speaks directly and simply from the heart, much in the manner of Shunryu Suzuki's Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind. Master Daehaeng's ability to penetrate the skin with plain and pointed words should give this work the same longevity." — Francisca Cho, Georgetown University, translator of Everything Yearned For

"No River to Cross gives us a strong voice, at times astonishingly direct; a balance of clear explanations of the complex terms and concepts of Buddhist practice with precise, perfectly chosen, illuminating examples; and a striking relevance for today's world in Daehaeng Sunim's reflections, among other topics, on creation, evolution, and religious conflict." — David McCann, recipient of the Manhae Prize for Arts and Sciences, and Director of the Korea Institute at Harvard University

"Daehaeng Kun Sunim emerges in this collection as one of the most creative and accessible of contemporary Korean Buddhist teachers, capable of using even the most mundane of daily events as grist for the mill of Buddhist teaching and practice." — Robert Buswell, Director of the Center for Buddhist Studies, UCLA, from his Foreword

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780861715343
  • Publisher: Wisdom Publications MA
  • Publication date: 9/28/2007
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 945,976
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Daehaeng Sunim has emerged as one of the most creative and accessible of contemporary Korean Buddhist teachers. Her disciples, quite unusually, also include a number of monks-something unheard of previously in a patriarchal monastic tradition. The organization she founded over three decades ago, the Hanmaum Seonwon, has emerged as one of the most influential Korean Buddhist institutions today, with over fifteen domestic branches and ten overseas centers.

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Table of Contents


Foreword     ix
Editor's Introduction     xi
A Brief Biography of Daehaeng Kun Sunim     xiii
Principles
Fundamental Questions     3
Who Am I?     3
What Is Buddha?     4
What Is Buddha-nature?     5
What Is Buddha-Dharma?     6
What Is Buddhism?     6
Eternal Truth     9
Hanmaum     9
Juingong     10
My True Reality     12
Non-Duality     15
Cause and Effect     16
The Principle of Evolution     19
The Essence of Truth     22
Mind and Science     25
Cultivating Mind
The Essence of Mind     31
What Is Mind?     31
The Profound Ability of Mind     33
The Thoughts that We Give Rise To     34
Belief Is the Key     39
Entrust and Observe     41
Entrust and Let Go of Everything     41
How to Let Go     47
The Virtue and Merit of Letting Go     49
Unceasing Practice     51
Gwan (Observing)     56
Enlightenment     59
The Path to Awakening     59
Seeing Your Inherent Nature     60
Becoming a Buddha     62
Nirvana     63
The Middle Path     64
The Virtue and Merit of Awakening     65
Applying the Principle of One Mind
The Essence of Buddhism Lies in Applying and Experiencing     69
Practice in Daily Life     71
Life Itself Is Dharma     71
Handling Difficulties and Suffering     72
Illness     73
Money and Prosperity     75
Family     76
True Love     78
Happiness and Harmony     78
Religion and Daily Life     81
Teachers and Learning the Path     81
Bowing     82
Keeping the Precepts     84
Sutras     85
Reciting the Buddha's Name and Chanting Sutras     87
One with Your Ancestors     87
True Giving     89
Fate and Destiny     90
Believing in Outer Powers     91
Religious Conflict     92
Glossary     93
A Note about the Current Text     99
Notes     101
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2012

    Daehaeng is delightful

    Daehaeng Sunim is a Korean Zen nun with a remarkable biography of spiritual breakthrough that she accomplished largely without the help of religious institutions. Because she had her breakthrough in a predominantly Zen Buddhist country (back before Korean cities became predominantly Christian), she learned to cast her experience in Zen terms, but her experiences are clearly universal. The translator has chosen to leave certain concepts in the Korean throughout the text, with explanations given at the beginning and in the excellent glossary. "No River to Cross" is a lovely manual of spiritual advice, focused most of all on returning to your "fundamental mind." Although unsophisticated at times, and certainly not a manual for beginners (in Buddhism, or non-dualistic spiritual paths in general), the sweetness of Daehaeng's genuine realization makes the book a delight.

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