The Great Way is in Front of the
Zen Master Seung Sahn
On June 16 we held an opening ceremony
for our now home. On this occassion Zen Master Seung Sahn delivered the following
Form is emptiness, emptiness is form.
No form, no emptiness.
Form is form, emptiness is emptiness. Which one of these is correct? If you
make a choice, I will hit you thirty times. If you do not make a choice, I will
hit you thirty times. Why? KATZ!!! Three times three equals nine.
very much for coming to this opening ceremony. But what is it that brought your
body here? Is it your mind? What is mind? Where is it? What is its shape? Mind
is no mind. A mountain does not proclaim, "I am a mountain!'' A river does
not say, "I am a river!" All names and all forms are made by thinking.
Thus, mind is no mind. All things have name and form. Names and forms come from
emptiness and will return to emptiness. Thus, form is emptiness, emptiness is
When you are thinking, your mind, my mind, and all people's minds are
different. If you cut through all thinking, your mind, my mind, and all people's
minds are the same. The mind that cuts through all thinking is the true empty
mind. The true empty mind is before thinking. Your substance is before thinking.
Your substance is universal substance. Before thinking, there is no speech and
no language. There is no God, no Buddha, no mountains, no rivers, no things at
all. Thus, no form, no emptiness.
But, "before thinking" is truly
just like this. No form., no emptiness is itself a clinging to emptiness. Put
it down! Then, you will have no inside and no outside; you will attain the Absolute.
Everything that you see, hear, taste, and smell is the truth. God is God, Buddha
is Buddha, mountains are mountains, rivers are rivers. The truth is like this.
Form is form, emptiness is emptiness.
If you cut through all thinking, your
mind will become clear. Just that is your true self. Thinking is desire, desire
is suffering. When the mind remains clear, there is no life and no death. You
will find true freedom that has no hindrance.
Your body has life and death,
but your true self transcends both life and death. Today we have an opening ceremony.
This is the opening of the mind's door, the attainment of one's true self, and
the discovery of the Great Way.
What, then, is one's true self? Does it exist
or does it not? If you say that it exists, where is it? If you say that it does
not, what is hearing this speech? Both of these answers are not complete. Why?
(Striking the table) KATZ!!!
Put it down, put it all down!
Way is in front of the door.
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