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22 [Interview] 108 Bows for Exercise: Oriental Doctor… We would all like to have mental and physical peace. However, it’s not easy. In reality, most people need to exercise to stay healthy. Specialists advise that to stay healthy, you have to exercise until soaked with sweat at least three times a week. How m 21 Apr 2006 7,715
21 A Happy Smile I live in an uncommon way. My head is shaved and my clothes are gray. The place I live in is different too. Most people live in a virtual marketplace, but I live in a mountain temple. There is one more difference. I live alone. Usually when people grow up 14 Apr 2006 5,309
20 Master and Disciple About a month ago, I went back to the hermitage where I had lived a long time ago to rest for a couple of days. At that time, two aspirants came to me to request that I become their master. With one word, I refused.   After having receive 11 Apr 2006 5,469
19 Great Faith, Great Courage, Great Questioning This evening I would like to follow upon what Stephen was saying in the morning about being careful, about energy, and about protecting, but I would like to look at the subject more from the perspective of the Seon tradition. Seon talks about cultivating 06 Apr 2006 5,159
18 "Let’s take the real one, even if it is only 1 cen… The whole world, our global village, is in chaos these days with racial and religious tensions as well as disasters killing hundreds of thousands of people. Peace and love are slowly fading away while conflict and confrontation are increasing. Living in s 31 Mar 2006 5,597
17 The Buddhist Purification Movement in Korea The Buddhist Purification Movement among the fading Korean Buddhism under the Japanese colonial period was the major historical event for the development of modern Korean Buddhism as well as a significant moment of history for the Jogye Order, the major B 29 Mar 2006 6,502
16 The Buddha, the first patriarch of the Seon School One of the first great challenges for Seon historians that the new Seon School faced when it was first introduced was how to put the Buddha into the hall. The writers of the Records of the Transmission of the Lamp wrestled long and hard with this problem. 23 Mar 2006 5,705
15 Vow to Bow Past New Year’s resolutions since adult consciousness: floss, stop gossiping, eat a salad a day, floss (I needed to recommit). This year’s resolution: 108 bows a day for 90 days. 13 Mar 2006 6,792
14 The Artistry of Every Day Life As a human being it is essential for us to create not out of duty but out of inspiration and joy. This brings something different in us, a dimension of imagination, intuition and creation that nurtures us and invigorates us. A few years ago, I was feeling 09 Mar 2006 5,427
13 Who are you? Having come down with a cold, I couldn’t properly smell or taste anything. Even though I hadn’t eaten seaweed soup (miyeokguk) for a long time, I was completely unable to know whether it was too salty or too bland. Feeling like that one bright morning, li 06 Mar 2006 5,229
12 Dharma sermon on the closing of the winter retreat A man once asked Chan Master Fengxue Yanzhao, “If you speak, you become ‘function’, if you don’t speak, you become ‘essence’. What must I do in order to be freed from both essence and function?” The Chan Master replied, “I always think of the March scener 27 Feb 2006 4,830
11 To Become Truly Human 1. Preface: The True Human   I think we all agree that the current International Conference on Korean Seon Buddhism is an extremely important event. It provides a rare opportunity to gather together many thinkers of diverse backgrounds and points of view. 24 Feb 2006 5,128
10 Feeling the Path of Seon Masters “Shout and Hit” are two methods used by masters to encourage practitioners in their practice. They also help to identify the stage reached in meditation beyond words. Sometimes masters strike practitioners in order to break their ignorance. 21 Feb 2006 4,639
9 Hwadu Meditation and Contemporary Society I have read many articles recently, and have had quite a few discussions with various knowledgeable people as well, regarding the topic of hwadu meditation. What I have observed from my readings and discussions is that people’s opinions about the hwadu f 13 Feb 2006 5,150
8 Invitation to Seon To begin with, I would like to express my warm welcome to everyone visiting this international site of the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism. Since Seon meditation was adopted in East Asian countries such as China, Japan and Korea, it has claimed an importan 07 Feb 2006 4,813
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