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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 ...
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.
"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
Posted January 25, 2012
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.