Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Ven. Hyon Gak Sunim

I met Hyon Gak Sunim when I was in Korea. It was great to hear his voice again when I found these videos, he has a kind of English Korean hybrid way of speaking, with Korean inflection and these great expressions that echo the way his great teacher Zen Master Seung Sahn would speak. I met Zen Master Seung Sahn twice when I was in Korea -- once at 5 in the morning when he was walking around the temple grounds, and once during a retreat. They say the three keys to gaining enlightenment are: 1. To be born a human, 2. To meet a great teacher, and 3. To wake up to your true nature. So I'm already two thirds of the way there! The last step should be easy, right?