With harmony in family, all things will prosper Without wanting, everything can be attained

Su Bong Zen Monastery

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.

One day a Buddha from Korea arrived in a large wooden box. It was broken into about 15 pieces. Without hesitation, and with a joyful mind, Zen Master Seung Sahn started piecing the Buddha together meticulously and patiently, converting emptiness back into form. From this starting point, we now have over 100 zen centers around the world with many students practicing the Dharma together, making harmony, and helping each other.

Now our situation in Hong Kong is similar to this broken Buddha statue. Our society is broken with different strong opinions. Many families are also broken. The world situation is also like this. Nobody wants to put it all down and listen to each other and find harmony. Many people are just holding to their one cracked piece and think that this is it. One of Zen Master Seung Sahn's greatest teachings is keeping 'don't know' mind and 'just do it' to fix any situation. This 'don't know' glue can close the spaces between us and put back together the broken pieces. Strength comes from being together and from not splitting among ourselves. Behind there is no selfish intention. Only how can I help?

The horse is trotting away, and the goat is entering the gate of 2015. Sifu sincerely wishes that we all make a vow together to use this 'don't know' glue treasure. The ingredients of this glue include an open heart and the putting down of our strong attachments to our opinions and emotions. At the same time, we respect each other and make harmony. This will be the greatest gift to our families, our colleagues, our friends, our communities, and eventually to our world, in the Year of the Goat.

Dae Kwan Hap Jang