My "job" in the work period during the 10-day winter kyol che at Gaksu was cleaning the washroom. On the fourth day, I supposed to leave the temple for a day and attend my friend's wedding. However, I decided to continue the kyol che finally.
Zen Master Seung Sahn opened his first zen center in Providence, Rhode Island. The area was fairly violent with drunken brawls and knife fights. The atmosphere was unhappy. At that time Zen Master Seung Sahn was totally independent and self-financed. He started everything from zero. There was no furniture except for a small kitchen table and a few wooden chairs.