Zen Master Seung Sahn: “Wake up!”

Korean Zen master Seung Sahn liked to instruct his students to keep a Don’t-Know Mind so that they wouldn’t cling to their fixed ideas about the world and about people. He said: “If you keep a Don’t-Know Mind, then your mind is clear like space and clear like a mirror.”

Master Seung Sahn came to the United States in 1972 and settled in Providence, Rhode Island where he repaired washing machines for many years, even though he was already a Zen master in Korea. As his English improved, students gathered around him. In 1983, he founded the Kwan-Um School of Zen. By the time of his death in 2004, his schools were all over the world, including Moscow and Tel Aviv.

It is not easy to define or explain what is Zen. Find out here and here.

Zen Master Seung Sahn’s teaching documentary “Wake up! On the Road with a Zen Master”. A professional and entertaining documentary that captures Zen Master Seung Sahn’s energy while presenting the core of his teaching. Wake Up! is not only a rare portrait of an unusual and provocative teacher, but also an introduction to Zen Buddhism today. Wake Up! was shot on location during a teaching trip in Europe by award-winning independent filmmaker Brad Anderson from Boston.

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