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Only Don't Know: Selected Teaching Letters of Zen Master Seung Sahn

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Here is the inimitable Zen Master Seung Sahn up close and personalin selections from the correspondence that was one of his primary modes of teaching. Seung Sahn received hundreds of letters per month, each of which he answered personally, and some of the best of which are included here. His frank and funny style, familiar to readers of Dropping Ashes on the Buddha, is ...more
Paperback, 230 pages
Published April 6th 1999 by Shambhala (first published May 1st 1992)
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Aug 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great guide for Zen students who are learning and need a Zen Master. This book is a series of letter exchanges between the Zen master & his students - it's like having your own private Zen teaching & master. Great book to understand what other students are thinking about when it comes to Zen & teaching. It is a nice read to keep you focused on your studies & help you.
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Apr 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I find both this, kwan um and Soto zen schools of zen Buddhism to be fascinating. This book is a beautiful expression of what a contemplative life is all about (based only on my feelings and experience so far (for what thats worth, (which isnt much)) ...more
darío hereñú
I think that the merit of this book is that it is extremely simple: lots of letters between students & alumni and a zen master. From one side (between all) a permanent pursuit: temperance, self-communion, inner calm, free state of mind (no mind, Sir! a-mind-only-dont-know!).
Secretly, I found on page 177, maybe, the best letter that I've ever seen.
Pure zen.
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Aug 20, 2008 rated it really liked it
A lot of the letters compiled in this bk are from 1970s-era American dharma students who write to Zen Master Seung Sahn with their "Me Decade" 70's problems and hang-ups, and to see him lovingly smack them down/wake them up is illuminating and funny at the same time.
Fred Leland
Jan 10, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Learning through life is all about keeping and open or beginners mind set. This book will help you to understand and guide you how to do just that.
Kimberly
One you can read again and again and be reminded of how to keep life simple.
Ross Cohen
Feb 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Illuminating and hilarious.
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