Wanting Enlightenment Is a Big Mistake: Teachings of Zen Master Seung San

Wanting Enlightenment Is a Big Mistake: Teachings of Zen Master Seung San

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Wanting Enlightenment Is a Big Mistake: Teachings of Zen Master Seung San by Seung Sahn, Zen Master Seung Sahn

A major figure in the transmission of Zen to the West, Zen Master Seung Sahn was known for his powerful teaching style, which was direct, surprising, and often humorous. He taught that Zen is not about achieving a goal, but about acting spontaneously from "don’t-know mind." It is from this "before-thinking" nature, he taught, that true compassion and the desire to serve others naturally arises. This collection of teaching stories, talks, and spontaneous dialogues with students offers readers a fresh and immediate encounter with one of the great Zen masters of the twentieth century.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780834825628
Publisher: Shambhala
Publication date: 08/08/2006
Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 734,632
File size: 406 KB

About the Author

Zen Master Seung Sahn (1927–2004) was the first teacher to bring Korean Zen Buddhism to America, having already established temples in Japan and Hong Kong. In 1972 he came to the United States and started what became the Providence Zen Center, the first center in what is now the Kwan Um School of Zen, which now includes more than eighty centers and groups worldwide. His students called him Dae Soen Sa Nim, "Great Honored Zen Teacher," and he was the 78th Zen master in his line of dharma transmission in the Chogye order of Korean Buddhism. His books include The Compass of Zen, Dropping Ashes on the Buddha, Only Don't Know, and The Whole World Is a Single Flower: 365 Kong-ans for Everyday Life.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Seung Sahn is influential in teaching Buddhism to many, including me. This book is an essential in understanding the Zen way of thinking. Letting go  is the only way to find what you let go of. -Jim