Bone Of Space

     - Zen Poems by  Master Seung Sahn 

Quiet night

Sitting silently in the mountain cabin

          in complete stillness.

Moonlight fills all space.

Why does the wind from the west

Shake the forest

          A bird shrieks.

The sound slowly fades

As it flies through the cold sky.

 

 

Kwan Um School of Zen Weekly Teaching Piece 

The Source of Attachment  

So you have to find the source of attachment. How does it appear? How does attachment appear? What is first? Pew! Something appears in your mind and then pew! This thing grabs it. It is like an impulse. That is why we have meditation, which is the laboratory of the mind. When you practice, two things happen. You start to see clearly your karma. So you get insight into the habits of your mind. But at the same time more and more space start to appear because your don’t know expands. Ok? Finally, very clearly you start to perceive that habits are just like clouds showing up on the sky. This is the work of meditation. That is what we have the training for. So just practice and the practice will show you the way.

Zen Master Joeng Hye 

Where Zen Practice Begins

 

Everything in this world – the sun, the moon, the stars, mountain, rivers, and trees – everything is constantly moving. But there is one thing that never moves. It never comes or goes. It is never born and it never dies. What is this not-moving thing? Can you tell me? If you find that, you will find your true self and attain universal substance. But understanding cannot help you find that point. Even one hundred Ph.D.’s will not show you your true nature.

 

Our true nature cannot be found in books and academic studies because our true nature is before speech and words. It is before thinking. If you find your before-thinking point, then it is possible to attain your true self. So, a long time ago, Descartes said, “I think, therefore I am.” This is where philosophy begins. But if you are not thinking, what? This is where Zen practice begins. 

Zen Master Seung Sahn 

About the Kwan Um School: Seung Sahn & The Kwan Um School of Zen: A brief introduction  

 

About DVZC
Founded in 1999, Delaware Valley Zen Center (DVZC) offers to the community an environment for Zen practice. Our weekly practice includes chanting, sitting meditation and walking meditation. DVZC is one of more than sixty centers and groups worldwide affiliated with the Kwan Um School of Zen, an international organization founded by Zen Master Seung Sahn.

Our guiding teacher is José Ramírez, JDPSN, who received Inka in April 2009.

 The Delaware Valley Zen Center (DVZC) is a 501(c)3 non-profit religious corporation of the State of Delaware. All donations are tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law. DVZC is supported, administered and maintained by its members.

Keep Up With What is Happening at DVZC

Mailing List

* indicates required

Practice Schedule

Practice is held every Thursday evening at the New Ark United Church of Christ, 300 E. Main St, Newark, DE 19711.

 

Practice begins at 7:00pm with a short orientation for beginners, followed by chanting. We then have two 25 minute periods of sitting meditation with a 10 minute period of walking meditation in between.

Beginners are encouraged to attend the free Meditation Instruction session offered the first Thursday of each month at 7:00pm

There is no fee to attend our practice, you do not have to be a member.

 

Monkey Mind Zen,

is a new DVZC satellite.

The group meets in Philadelphia.

For information about their practice visit:

http://www.mmzen.org/

 

`