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Toeong Seongcheol

Toeong Seongcheol (1912 ~ 1993)

Master Seongcheol, standing as one of the most influential Seon Masters in the history of modern Korean Buddhism, through his exhaustive Seon spirit and his easily understood dharma lectures, led the common people to a deeper, broader understanding of Seon Buddhism.

Respect All as Buddha by Toeong Seongcheol
Sentient beings have not achieved enlightenment because of their myriad delusions, often referred to as the 84,000 delusions. And what are the most basic of these delusions? The Buddha said that love and hate were the greatest delusions of them all. Also, the Third Patriarch of Ch'an, Seng-ts'an, in his On Believing in Mind, said that if you rid yourself of hate and love, everything would be perfectly self-illuminating.

Happy Birthday by Toeong Seongcheol
To all you noble Buddhas currently living in prison, happy birthday. To all you austere Buddhas selling your smiles in taverns, happy birthday. To you countless Buddhas twinkling in the night sky, happy birthday. And happy birthday to all of you brightly smiling, beautiful Buddhas in the gardens. To all you Buddhas who have become endlessly changing clouds as you drift across the sky, to all you Buddhas who are quietly biding your time as boulde..

Questions from Followers by Toeong Seongcheol
Q: Where does life come from, and where does it go? Ven. Seongcheol : Universal law is that there is no producing and no extinguishing. So by transcending time and space, there is nothing to appear and disappear, including life. In the Avatamsaka Sutra we find, "The One Law is nonproducing, the one Law is non-extinguishing"; and from the Lotus Sutra we have, "All Dharma is that of non-change." We call this non-producing, non-..

"No Mind" Is Buddha by Toeong Seongcheol
Buddha is of course the foundation of Buddhism. But when you ask what Buddha is, you could get a variety of answers even though it is difficult to define in concrete terms what "Buddha" means. It is much easier to talk about the basic principles of Buddhism. We call those who live in the world of torment and delusion sentient beings, and a Buddha is one who has completely transcended such a world. That delusion-free state, the state of..

The Middle Way Is Buddha by Toeong Seongcheol
The Middle Way is neither a central position nor moderation. The Middle Way is Buddha, and by coming to know The Middle Way you come to know Buddha. Generally, people think in terms of relative dualities. Consequently, they see reality as a world filled with struggles and conflicts. But this is illusion based on false discriminations. The Middle Way is ridding yourself of "right" and "wrong", "evil" and "good&q..

Take A Good Look at Yourself by Toeong Seongcheol
Take a good look at yourself. You are already saved. You are originally Buddha. You are overflowing with happiness and glory. To talk of paradise or heaven is to be talking in your sleep. Take a good look at yourself. Transcend time and space, and you'll see that you are eternal, you are infinite. Should the universe collapse and disappear, you would still be immovable. You are all forms and all formlessness in the universe, the universe itself...

Opening the Eye by Toeong Seongcheol
You have to open the eye of the heart, the eye that sees everything clearly.And once you open that eye, you'll realize that you were already buddha even before creation and that you are and always will be enlightend.That is what we mean by seeing your buddha nature, your original face. Once you open the eye and see everything as it is, you'll realize that "mountains are mountains and waters are waters."..

The Correct Path of Seon by Toeong Seongcheol
This text is composed of essentials specially excerpted directly by Venerable Master Seongcheol from his previously published Seonmun Jeongno (Correct Path of Seon) plus supplementary explanations related to the practice (gongbu) of hwadu.

On Meditation by Toeong Seongcheol
Everything comes from Mind. A major basis of Buddhism is found in the saying that "Everything comes from mind." This means that everything that you experience is a reflection of mind and that there is nothing that is not a reflection of this mind. We also have another important saying― "Mind is Buddha." That is to say, everything that comes from mind is Buddha. All of the Buddha's teachings are recorded in the Tri-pitaka..

On "Dharmas are neither produced nor extinguished" by Toeong Seongcheol
Dharmas are neither produced nor extinguished. If you are aware of this, then all Buddhas are constantly before you. This is a quote from the Avatamsaka Sutra. It is the very marrow of buddhism, sums up all of the Teachings of the Buddha, and is the very basis of Buddhism. If you should ask what it was that the Buddha became enlightened about, this is the answer. All the other Teachings of the Buddha are detailed explanations based aro..

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