A major figure in the transmission of Zen to the West, Zen Master Seung Sahn was known for his powerful teaching style, which was direct, surprising, and often humorous. He taught that Zen is not about achieving a goal, but about acting spontaneously from "don't-know mind.” It is from this "before-thinking” nature, he taught, that true compassion and the desire to serve others naturally arises. This collection of teaching stories, talks, and spontaneous dialogues with students offers readers a fresh and immediate encounter with one of the great Zen masters of the twentieth century.
Der koreanische Zen-Meister Seung Sahn, geboren 1926, kam 1972 in die USA und gründete dort das Providence Center in Rhode Island sowie zahlreiche weitere Zentren in den USA, in Afrika, Asien und Europa. Dachorganisation ist die Kwan Um Zen Schule mit Ablegern in mehr als 16 europäischen Ländern. Heute lebt Seung Sahn vorwiegend in Korea.