Monthly Archives: July 2015
When I started, at the end of May, to try to write the Heart Sutra, I had little idea what a huge task this would be. I can write it in Korean now, but to write it in traditional Chinese … Continue reading
中 Center 중 I found the strokes surprising, both in order and number. You can find it in phrases like center (中心), middle school (中学), midday (中午), between (中间), and China (中国). In Korean, center (중심), middle school (중학교), midday … Continue reading
Korean temple compounds include a special hall dedicated to Ji Jang Bosal. In India he is known as Ksitigarbha, in China as Dizang 地蔵, in Korea as Jijang Bosal 지장보살, and in Japan as Jizo Bosatsu. Ji Jang Bosal is … Continue reading
Some Zen temples include exercise (taiso). Zen Yoga blends the flowing movements of Tai Chi, the energized breathing of Qigong, the gentle stretching of Shanti Yoga, and the serenity of mindful meditation.
My blog documented the first year of trying to acquire Korean language. Now, I am wondering about maintaining and forgetting of language. What do experienced language learners do to maintain the knowledge they have acquired? How quickly is knowledge lost? … Continue reading
I’ve been eager to do the character for field, because of my rice farmer friend.
As much as I am jealous of my friend’s future trip to China, I have to admit the idea of reading an all Chinese menu terrifies me. Some day, I would like to be able to read the food items … Continue reading
One of the first challenges at the Zen center was how to put on the gray guest robe. Thankfully, there was someone to show me. The tie should look like a hanbok half bow with the ribbons of equal length. … Continue reading
Poetry can be a way to teach. Here is one poem from Bone of Space: Zen Poems by Master Seung Sahn. Autumn leaves fall in the cold wind. Is there right or wrong in this? Here is a scripture not made … Continue reading
Koan in Zen Buddhism is a problem or riddle that admits no logical solution. (Korean: 공안, Chinese: 公案) The term is a compound word, consisting of the characters 公 “public; official; governmental; common; collective; ” and 案 “table; desk; … Continue reading
It doesn’t take long watching Korean dramas before realizing that Koreans like to eat, and they are fond of eating together. At the Cambridge Zen Center, I got to experience their ritual for eating together as part of the Buddhist … Continue reading
Combine a person leaning against a tree, and you get rest.
With the hope that some day I might do a Temple Stay in Korea, I want to learn more about Korean Buddhism. I was raised a Protestant Christian, and I practice Metta (loving kindness) meditation. My knowledge of other … Continue reading
The ancient art of Japanese brush painting is called Sumi-e (墨絵). It embodies Zen principles of simplicity, balance, and harmony. The objective of Sumi-e is not to recreate the subject exactly, but to capture its essence. Every brush stroke contains meaning … Continue reading