Dropping Ashes on the Buddha: The Teaching of Zen Master Seung Sahn by Stephen Mitchell

Summary

  1. A compilation of Zen Master Seung Sahn’s exchanges with American students

Key Takeaways

  1. Outside and inside are one. This is Zen mind
  2. All made of same substance – has no name, no form. 
  3. Zen is understanding self
  4. Mind like a mirror. Simply reflecting what is
  5. Must develop no-thinking, no-attachment, no-desire mind

What I got out of it

  1. A Western-mind friendly dive into Zen Buddhism but I didn’t find it as deep or useful as some of Thich Nhat Hanh’s work (here and here