What is Zen? Dhyana (Zen, Ch’an, Seon) is directly pointing to the human mind, seeing true nature, becoming enlightened, and saving all beings from the suffering of life and death. Because sentient beings are numberless, we vow to save them all.
What is meditation? True meditation; while everyone meditates without rest, standing, or sitting, it’s always together. If you don’t believe this; watch it carefully! What is talking now all this time? Zen Master Myo-Vong
Because of fire, the fire phoenix flies. Zen Master Pohwa
Zen Nuns & Zen Monks
Studying without refinement is insanity. Zen Master Hye-Am
Where are we? Who are we? We have no place to lay our heads on, like drifting clouds and flowing waters. Our purpose is to awaken everyones true nature and offer a refuge for meditation and a place to reexamine the wisdom words of the Holy and Wise Ones. When there is an obstacle in our way, we gather and re-examine inside and outside until we finally see the true nature. Through endless investigation and clarification we strive forward. Householder and the homeless in mutual dependence, reach the true path! Who is the true householder and the homeless?
True Man Without Rank
In the record of a Master it says: “on your lump of red flesh is a true man without rank who is always going in and out of the face of every one of you. Those who have not yet proved him, look, look!”
The basis of the zen academy is the selfrealization of this “true man without rank.” This self-realization is the essence of all the Wise One’s teaching, and has been passed from generation to generation in Zen, like “water poured from one container to the next.” This is based on Zen’s view that truth lies not in words recorded in written texts and scriptures, but in the Mind inherent in all beings.
A special transmission outside the scriptures, not relying on words and letters.
Direct pointing to the human mind. Seeing ones true nature and attaining enligthenment.
Lineage Zen is a special transmission of the “Living Word”, or “Logos”, outside doctrinal teachings and concepts, which has been reexamined and polished by lineage masters for over 2,500 years and will continue for untold generations.
Studying without a Master-Mentor is death. Zen Master Hye-Am
Give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar, and give to God what belongs to God.
“Thou shalt! Thou shalt not!” is none of our business. We are politically and denominationally independent.
What is Reexamination? Faith is the mother of enlightenment. When you were a fetus, you had ears, eyes, mouth, and nose similar to those of an adult: but, they were sense-organs of limitied functioning. You did not hear, see, talk, or smell as well as an adult, and you needed continous nourishment and material protection until maturity. Likewise, when you begin to understand the core teaching of the patriarchal koan, by listening to the Good-and-Wise One, a spiritual transformation ensues, and you are no longer an ordinary human being, but the fetus of enlightenment. This new fetus, however, is like a seed without soil or water. As the seed of a saint, the understanding, thinking, speaking, and distinguishing are not as mature as those of an enlightened master. You need ceaseless practice with, great respect for, and careful help from your teacher (Master-Mentor) who is the mother of Tao and a necessary condition of the great enlightenment. Until you become a mature master, you need care. Continuous protection by the master, as well as constant re-examination and respectful practice with the master, are all contents of the teaching of the Patriarchs. When Master Joju was enlightened, for example, Master Nanzen recommended that he leave and teach in the other mountain. But Joju said, “I will stay for a while and serve you, just until you die. When the master died, Joju was already eighty.
Having no teacher for the enlightened student is more critical than having no father for a son. This is the reason Joju, through his retreatless faith, turned down Master Nanzen’s recommendation to complete his profound work.
One student asked a question of the master: “how is it, when one has just been enlightened?” The Master said: ”Before the wind of spring, flower didn’t bloom. Now it’s blooming season, unless the shoots are blown away.”
There is no hope without continuous reexamination. The exercise of re-examination creates the master of wisdom. One should listen to the Good-and-Wise One very carefully. By this direct dialogue with the master, delivered from the beginning on through this moment, one’s becoming a master is as near and natural as the dawn following a long nights wandering. With ceaseless examination under your master, and because of this retreatless and strong faith, doubtlessly the flower of enlightenment will bloom and brighten.
One will become a saint; because, when the night is fully dark, the sun has to rise soon. Without the seed of a saint, who could dare expect this wonder?
Therefore, to successfully become a saint, you must follow the wisdom-words of the teaching as passed on directly by the Patriarchs. The wisdom words you are examining are the revelation of the Self-nature. Koan itself becomes a more utilized, faithful, and unique study by examining through wisdom words because the ceaseless re-examination naturally requires the great faith, the great doubt, and the great provocation. But, without a sincere, primary examination, Koan is merely a brain-game. Only by continuous re-examination does it become alive, dealing with the life and death question, and become a true mirror of Self-nature. In order to become a saint, you must continuously protect this fetus to see the blooming season. These are the words of the holy ones; shouldn’t we heed them?
Zen Master Myo-Vong
Insopor Zen Academy
Who established the Insopor Zen Academy and when?
You did it 3 seconds ago. In 2558 BE, 2014 CE, 1435 AH, 平成26, 4347 韓國 we opened our gates to the public. The Zen academy is a place for refuge and meditation. You are welcome to stay at our Zen Temples anytime.