Songgwang Sa Monastery

The Illusion of Attainment, by Kusan Sunim

In the course of one’s practice it is as though one has to take hold of the hua-t’ou [Koan] two or three times anew. At the stage of emptiness when nothing at all appears, one clings to the emptiness. Like­wise, at the stage of vivid quiescence and the emergence of the brilliant spiritual light, one clings to this brilliant light…

Have You Awakened? by Kusan Sunim

For the ninety days of this winter retreat people from nine different countries have gath­ered here. The times and seasons of all countries are not the same. Thus when it is winter here, it is summer elsewhere; and when it is daytime here, it is night-time elsewhere.

North, south, east and west being void, they form a single house.