A big empty space

A long weekend here in Ireland.

My home can be anywhere, heaven or earth.
All I need is room in my heart.
And a good source of water, of course.

You need room in your heart . . . a big empty space
To sort out what’s real from what’s not.

Hsu Yun, 1840 – 1959, renowned and influential Chinese Chan Buddhist master

Don’t Know Mind

In this whole world, everyone searches for happiness outside, but nobody understands their true self inside. Everybody says, “I, I want this, I am like that” . . . But nobody understands this I.

Before you were born, where did your I come from? When you die, where will your I go? If you sincerely ask, “What am I?”, sooner or later you will run into a wall where all thinking is cut off.

We call this “Don’t know”.

Zen is keeping this Don’t Know Mind always and everywhere.

Seungsahn Haengwon, 1927 – 2004, Korean Seon (Zen) master and founder of the international Kwan Um School of Zen.