Student Sharing

The Rhythms of Zen

Minh Tran

While sitting this year's winter retreat at Gaksu, one word kept appearing in my mind – rhythm. The more I observed the retreat with this word in mind, the more rhythms I noticed. It seems that there is a rhythm to every aspect of our Zen practice, and these rhythms become more and more pronounced as we sink deeper and deeper into the retreat.

4:30 a.m. The first moktak sounds. Everyone jumps out of bed, folds their sheets and blankets, and heads downstairs to brush their teeth and wash their faces.

Insights from Practice – A Wonderful Journey

Fat Chi

Insights from Practice – A Wonderful Journey

Put down anger, put down dissatisfaction, put down tension, put down stress, put down internal knots, put down stubbornness, put down thinking, put down emotion, put down my opinion, put down expectations, put down craving, put down discriminating mind, put down right and wrong, put down good and bad...

Stuck in a lift


On the way to the Zen Center for morning service, I got stuck in the lift. I arrived at the Zen Center building at 5:25 am and the lift that was opened had a bag of rubbish in it. I hesitated initially whether to get in but as it was nearly sitting time, I went into the lift so I could arrived before sitting meditation begins. On the way up the lift stopped at 2/F.  I pressed all the different buttons and nothing happened.

Missing your significant other -- what is true love?


Barely a month into a new, passionate relationship, I had to leave Hong Kong for three weeks in Latin America. Before I had this relationship, I was very excited about my Latin American trip. I had never been to several of these countries before, so I was thrilled imaging my first time drinking Colombian coffee in Bogota, visiting the Panama Canal, or stepping into the Ecuadorian rain forest. Now, only a few days into this three-week trip, I am missing my partner so badly, and all that I want is to return to HK and be with him.

Finding true happiness that lasts

Minh Tran

One of my friends attained something after reading Zen Master Bon Yeon's great book, "One Hundred Days of Solitude: Losing Myself and Finding Grace on a Zen Retreat." She was so happy after reading Jane's book that she became worried.

"WHAT IS THE CATCH?" she asked me.

"It cannot last," I responded. "Everything is impermanent."

Living in the here and the now!

Never advice  seems to be more simple and easy, within everyone's reach, it seems so obvious that so often, with a slight sense of superiority is taken for granted, only when we realize that it is not so simple as the words appear, it's not so obvious like we assume, then emerge the understanding of the perfection of his teaching.

The Dharma in Family

Minh Ngan Tran

Many of my practicing friends agree -- family is different and more difficult. I hadn't really understood why until last month, when the answer suddenly appeared in my mind while I was spending time with my family in Los Angeles. Family is different because we cannot break up with family! Well, technically, we can, but it is much more difficult to break up with family than it is to break up with friends or even boyfriends or girlfriends. With friends and significant others, we can run away when things turn sour, when we don't like them anymore. With family, we cannot run away.


Su Bong Zen Monastery

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5月31日覺修舉行了一天浴佛節。可能您已經參加過秀峰禪院的佛誕日,所以或許會問:「又來一個浴佛節?怕且是另一個聯誼活動罷了。」對了一半。透過這浴佛節,師兄弟們的確增加了彼此間的聯繫及友誼。因為這次浴佛的對象,不單只是一尊佛,而是活生生的佛 -- 同修們。