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Wanting Enlightenment Is a Big Mistake: Teachings of Zen Master Seung San Paperback – August 8, 2006
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“Zen Master Seung Sahn’s teachings will always bring great light into the world. His extraordinary wit, intelligence, courage, and compassion are brought to us in this wonderful and important book. Thousands of students have benefited from his great understanding. Now more will come to know the heart of this rare and profound human being.”—Joan Halifax, Abbot, Upaya Zen Center
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He was a man who yelled, "Kill the Buddha!" joyfully and at the top of his lungs. He believed that wanting enlightenment---wanting anything---wanting---was the big mistake that keeps us bound to our own sufferings.
This is a collection of short anecdotes and teachings. All are meaningful and surprisingly pithy, even the funniest ones, but what makes this book extraordinary is the inclusion of Seung Sahn's famous, never-before published 1982 letter to South Korea's dictatorial President, Chun Du Hwan. In this letter, Seung Sahn engages in Dharma Combat with a man both infinitely more powerful and infinitely weaker than Sahn himself. The absurdity of Chun's pretension to power is dissected under Sahn's compassionate but unsparing eye. It is said that Chun turned red with impotent rage reading Sahn's letter, one which should stand on equal footing with Martin Luther King's Letter from the Birmingham Jail.
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This was my first purchase of material from this teacher. I was mistaken that this book included personal letters. Read morePublished 21 months ago by FaeGreta
Like others Seung Sahn books the teachins are very clear. In this book there are some importants questions like the influence of fortune tellers in our lives.Published on March 31, 2013 by Vincent
Anyone who is interested in Zen will find the lightness and deft handling of the unanswerable questions will make sure they write their name in the front cover of this book. Read morePublished on July 25, 2007 by iamanacorn