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When we are born we get many things. Later we get even more. We get money, we get houses, we get food…
February 11th, 2013

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When we are born we get many things. Later we get even more. We get money, we get houses, we get food. Also some of us get married, get a husband or wife. At the same time we lose many things. All the things we get, one day we will lose. What we get or lose doesn’t matter actually, how we use them correctly is most important.
— Dae Kwan, Dharma transmission talk

Dae Kwan is of the lineage of Korean Zen Master Seung Sahn. She is the abbot and guiding teacher of the Su Bong Zen Monastery (Hong Kong).
The simplicity of her teachings might prove truly refreshing, e.g:

On the bus ride from Sitou to Kaohsiung during a visit to Taiwan, a western nun came to Dae Kwan and asked: "Zen Master, I feel very bored when reading sūtras. Sometimes I don’t understand it at all. Why should we read sūtras?"
Dae Kwan replied: "At this very moment, we are also reading sūtras! We haven’t yet arrived our destination. The scenery outside the window is  sometimes nice; sometimes nothing to see. The road may be rough or  smooth.  Sometimes it is very tired and we can do nothing while in the bus. The same is true with practice and sūtra study."

If we know why we practice, it does not matter whether we're having an enjoyable time, or not, at a given moment. Make the effort, collect the fruit… No sowing, no harvest.
How do you plan to cease suffering, frustration and dissatisfaction? By continuing the way it has been so far, a path littered with dissatisfaction, frustration, anger, envy, jealousy, regrets, remorse, hurt, anguish… all in the name of pursuing happiness all along, but based on an erroneous understanding of the nature of reality?
When will you put down what you think you know?
When will you face the evidence that you don't know?

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Post Scriptum:
Various teachings of Dae Kwan are available on the website of the Su Bong Zen Monastery, at