No River to Cross : Trusting the Enlightenment That's Always Right Here

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  • Copyright: 2007-09-28
  • Publisher: Wisdom Publications
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It is often said that enlightenment means "crossing over to the other shore," that far-off place where we can at last be free from suffering. Likewise, it is said that Buddhist teachings are the raft that takes us there. In this sparkling collection from one of the most vital teachers of modern Korean Buddhism, Zen Master Daehaeng shows us that there is no raft to find and, truly, no river to cross. She extends her hand to the Western reader, beckoning each of us into the unfailing wisdom accessible right now, the enlightenment that is always, already, right here. A Zen (or Seon, as Korean Zen is called) master with impeccable credentials, Daehaeng has developed a refreshing approach; No River to Cross is surprisingly personal. It is disarmingly simple yet remarkably profound, pointing us again and again to our foundation, our "True Nature"-the perfection of things just as they are. Book jacket.

Author Biography

Zen Master Daehaeng is among the most respected and renowned Buddhist teachers in Korea

Table of Contents

Forewordp. ix
Editor's Introductionp. xi
A Brief Biography of Daehaeng Kun Sunimp. xiii
Fundamental Questionsp. 3
Who Am I?p. 3
What Is Buddha?p. 4
What Is Buddha-nature?p. 5
What Is Buddha-Dharma?p. 6
What Is Buddhism?p. 6
Eternal Truthp. 9
Hanmaump. 9
Juingongp. 10
My True Realityp. 12
Non-Dualityp. 15
Cause and Effectp. 16
The Principle of Evolutionp. 19
The Essence of Truthp. 22
Mind and Sciencep. 25
Cultivating Mind
The Essence of Mindp. 31
What Is Mind?p. 31
The Profound Ability of Mindp. 33
The Thoughts that We Give Rise Top. 34
Belief Is the Keyp. 39
Entrust and Observep. 41
Entrust and Let Go of Everythingp. 41
How to Let Gop. 47
The Virtue and Merit of Letting Gop. 49
Unceasing Practicep. 51
Gwan (Observing)p. 56
Enlightenmentp. 59
The Path to Awakeningp. 59
Seeing Your Inherent Naturep. 60
Becoming a Buddhap. 62
Nirvanap. 63
The Middle Pathp. 64
The Virtue and Merit of Awakeningp. 65
Applying the Principle of One Mind
The Essence of Buddhism Lies in Applying and Experiencingp. 69
Practice in Daily Lifep. 71
Life Itself Is Dharmap. 71
Handling Difficulties and Sufferingp. 72
Illnessp. 73
Money and Prosperityp. 75
Familyp. 76
True Lovep. 78
Happiness and Harmonyp. 78
Religion and Daily Lifep. 81
Teachers and Learning the Pathp. 81
Bowingp. 82
Keeping the Preceptsp. 84
Sutrasp. 85
Reciting the Buddha's Name and Chanting Sutrasp. 87
One with Your Ancestorsp. 87
True Givingp. 89
Fate and Destinyp. 90
Believing in Outer Powersp. 91
Religious Conflictp. 92
Glossaryp. 93
A Note about the Current Textp. 99
Notesp. 101
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