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149 The Living Buddha Did you have a good New Year’s celebration? Another year disappears from the time given to us. A day goes by, a month, a year, and in the end, what are we left to meet? With nothing to do, buried in our daily life, if we let time pass away bit by bit, one 25 Nov 2005 5,898
148 Path to Peace Armed with my hwadu, with life and with peace, I took the first step on my pilgrimage throughout Korea starting from Nogodan, Jirisan (Mountain), on March 1st 2004. I walked 4,000 kms and talked with about 35,000 people during this pilgrimage. Now it is m 25 Nov 2005 6,253
147 Korean Temple Food (1) Squash is good for all people who do not have a strong constitution. It is like the elixir of life. This is because it is rich in vitamins A, B, C, and more. 28 Nov 2005 6,263
146 Benefits of Meditation We start to meditate because of individual circumstances and choices. However soon we find that two kinds of goals and aspirations inspire us to persevere on the meditative path. The first goal seems to be a short-term one. This is the aspiration to 04 Jan 2006 6,300
145 The True Meaning of a ’Person of Wealth’ Commemorative Dharma Service for the 8th Anniversary of the Founding of Kilsang-sa 17 Jan 2006 6,549
144 New Year’s Dharma Talk for B.E. 2550 This morning the sky brightens up the light of Buddhism, and the worlds in all directions are in harmony with history. In every home the virtues of heaven and earth are heaped up, and the whole world is filled with the sun of insight. As the mountains a 19 Jan 2006 6,265
143 New Year’s Greeting Speech The year of the Dog is upon us. As it draws near, I pray that it will be filled with joy for each and every person in and outside of Korea, and that Korea will continue taking the brightest passage toward a shining future with the blessings of Buddha. Loo 01 Feb 2006 6,769
142 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 6,405
141 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 6,671
140 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 6,161
139 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 6,755
138 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 6,450
137 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 6,911
136 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 7,187
135 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 8,855
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