- See Reality as it is with Wisdom Eye
- Dharma Talk to End the Winter Retreat
By Most Ven. Beopjeon
Supreme Patriarch of the Jogye Order
2011 (Buddhist Era 2555)
- Until the day when eternally inexhaustible suffering turns into the circle of light
- New Year’ Message by His Excellency, Venerable Beobjeon, Supreme Patriarch of the Jokye Order of Korean Buddhism
“Until the day when eternally inexhaustible suffering turns into the circle of light”
Today, the light from time immemorial magnificently illuminates the first morning of the Year of the Rabbit in each household bursting open the gate to immeasurable joy that transcends life and death.
The heaven constellates the elements of the universe so as to grant the world a tender and compassionate energy. All creations, immersed in bliss, open their eyes to the heavenly rapture.
Mountains, rivers and fields spin the flower garland of Dharma out of the..
- “My neighbor’s happiness is indeed my own”
- “My neighbor’s happiness is indeed my own”
New Year’s address by Jogye Order President Jaseung
- Four Great Vows
- Every morning in our international Zen temples and centers and at the end of ceremonies in Korea, we all recite the Four Great Vows. So, it is important to understand the meaning and how to use them in our practice.
- What is Meditation?
- The solution to the great inquiry cannot be taught through words, nor can it be resolved through hearing with our ears. No matter how hard we try to solve with reason—we will never resolve it with reason. We can only realize through the meditation process.
- Beopjeong Sunim's Dharma Talk 2008 October
- I hope everyone has been well. Recently, due to the clear weather, being alive feels renewed, grateful, and fortunate. Due to the continuous beautiful fall weather, my life has become joyful for many reasons. Especially, when I hang clothes out to dry, the poem called “Blue sky day” by the poet Seo Jung-joo automatically comes out of my mouth.
“On this blue sky day, the brightness which hurts my eyes, let us miss those to be missed. There, there the place where the flowers grew, the green has faded to fall colors. What will you do when the snow comes? What will you do when the spring comes again? On this blue sky day, the brightness which hurts my eyes, let us miss those to be missed.”
- Dharma Words on Peace of Mind
- The Dharma Words on Peace of Mind
This Dharma meeting is really meaningful and rare. Many monks of great virtue with experienced eyes, Dharma teachers, laymen and laywomen have all gathered together. This type of meeting is not easy to have.
Sometimes I have given Dharma talks in a lecture style to my dear monks for three days or seven days. But, this is the first time I have had the chance to give a lecture to monks and nuns as well as laypeople for a whole week. It is my great honor to welcome you, ladies and gentleman of suchness, and to give this Dharma talk before you.
There are many monks of great virtue here, lecturers and abbots. They are very respectable men who have practiced Dharma for more than..
- You Already Understand!
- Bodhidharma, founder of the Zen lineage, is said to have described Zen this way: A special transmission outside the scriptures / Not depending on words and letters / Pointing directly to the human mind / Seeing into ones nature and attaining buddhahood. Theres no better example of Zens direct, penetrating spirit than these exchanges between the late Seung Sahnone of the great Zen masters to have lived and taught in the United Statesand his students.
- Enlightenment is free from evil yet does hold wholesomeness
- If one dwells in enlightenment, one has no anxiety and worries, enjoying unhindered happiness free from envy. Whether one has just started on the Buddhist path or whether one has been practicing for a long time, if one enters directly into enlightenment, one can realize a mind which can be used freely, without entanglements. In the state of enlightenment, there is no distinction between self and other. Neither is there self-centred dislike for others, clinging such that one thinks well of oneself when things go well, or disregard for one’s own well-being. In non-discrimination between wholesomeness and evil, evil is eliminated yet wholesomeness is not taken. This is enlightenment. Adopting and defending good is to become attached to good; to hate evil is to be taken prisone..
- How to Approach Hwadu Practice
- (Congratulatory Speech at the Ceremony for the newly appointed Spiritual Leader of the Meditation Center) Hello! How nice to see you all here. Today I would like to talk about “How to Approach Hwadu Practice.” How can we study hwadu effectively? That is the question! The purpose of hwadu is to help practitioners break through views based on conceptual understanding of the dharma and so to ultimately return to the source of all discriminative thought. These days we are experiencing economic hardship, political uncertainty, and social disorder in our country; such factors cause a lot of people take refuge in places like temples and meditation centers. A few years ago, I read an article about the Pope in Rome being greatly displeased by priests in the east who were..