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Open the Mind, See the Light (English Edition)
Open the Mind, See the Light (English Edition)
Open the Mind, See the Light (English Edition)
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Korean Title: Open the Mind, See the Light
Author: Seon Master Jinje
Translator: Ven. Hyongak
Publisher: Economic Daily
Hardcover | 268 pages | 223*152mm

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>>>This book is written in English.

About This Book

On World Peace through Ganhwa Seon
Preface, by Lewis R. Lancaster (University of California, Berkeley)
Foreword, by Robert E. Buswell, Jr. (UCLA)
pening Verses, by Seon Master Jinje

One World, One Mind, press news
The Huffington Post
The Chosunilbo
The Joongangilbo
The Hyundae Bulkyo

Seon: The Path to Our Spiritual Home
The Practice of Seon Meditation
Forward to the Great Truth: Admonitions to Monks Entering the Formal Meditation Retreat
Questions and Answers on Seon

Life is Like Foam on Water, Do Not Pursue Things Outwardly: The Dharma Talks of Seon Master Jinje
The “True Self” has No Beginning or End
The Empty Space of the Universe Emerged Long Ago?
The whole World is My Home; Carefree, I Sing a Song of Peace
Just Keep No-Mind
What You Call the Dao is Not the Dao
A Burst of Laughter Shakes Bongam Monastery

The Whole World is a Single Family, the Human Race is a Single Body: A Dialogue between Seon Master Jinje and Theologian Paul Knitter

Seon Master Jinje’s Transmission Lineage
Seon Master Jinje’s Transmission Lineage
Profile of Seon Master Jinje


Introducing Korean Zen to the West

Renowned Buddhist monk's teachings published in English

One of the most effective means of globalizing Korean Buddhism or introducing it to the West is through good books.

"Open the Mind, See the Light" by "Seon" (Zen) master Jinje is highly recommended for anyone who is interested in learning more about topics related to Korean Buddhism and meditation in everyday life.

Ven. Jinje is a leading monk of the Joyge Order of Korean Buddhism and one of the greatest living masters of the practice of Seon. He was awarded the title of "daejongsa," meaning "ost eminent monk," by the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism in 2004.

A book containing Ven. Jinje's latest interviews and Dharma talks was published in English last month. An impressive feature of this book is that it was translated and edited by non-Korean experts who are exceptionally knowledgeable about Korean Buddhism as well as the Korean language.

It was translated by the American monk Ven. Hyongak, popular author and translator of several books related to Korean Buddhism. He is the leader of a Korean Zen center in Munich, Germany.

In addition, the book was edited by Prof. Robert E. Buswell, a distinguished professor of Buddhist studies at UCLA and founding director of its Center for Korean Studies. In 2009, he was awarded the prestigious Manhae Grand Prize, a major national prize in Korea, in recognition of the monk-turned-scholar's pioneering contributions to establishing Korean Buddhist studies in the West.

"Even in Korea, Jinje Sunim (monk) is the last of his kind and seeing him is like meeting in the flesh one of the classic Zen masters one otherwise finds only in books." Buswell wrote in the preface of the book. "Jinje is widely acknowledged as being one of the two most eminent teachers of Korean Seon meditation. Most South Korean Buddhists, in fact, know that adage 'Songdam in the north, Jinje in the south.'"

Ven. Songdam is a well-known seon master who teaches in western port city of Incheon, while Jinje is the most renowned seon master in the southern part of Korea as the spiritual leader of Donghwa Temple in Daegu.

The combined expertise and fine scholarship of Ven. Hyongak and Buswell have produced a fresh, reliable reading material for those who follow Korean Buddhism.

The contents of the book are from a recent historic visit the 77-year-old monk made to the U.S. in September. The first half of the book is in Korean and the second half is in English.

Meditation in daily life

The English part is the translations of talks and interviews from Ven. Jinje's New York visit, centering on how meditation practice can be incorporated into daily life and what kind of effects they can have on peoples' lives.

Shortly after the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attack at the World Trade Center, the Korean monk gave a Dharma talk at an unlikely venue? a huge Christian church in New York City.

A video of Ven. Jinje's speech is available on YouTube. But this book is more useful if one is interested in learning about Ven. Jinje's teachings beyond the 20-minute speech, as it contains additional materials, including an in-depth interview with renowned theologian Paul Knitter of the Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York.

"This mountain monk has come to this sacred site not to compare different religious traditions and figure out which one is superior, but simply to introduce the spiritual culture of Asia as one step in the process of fostering world peace," Ven. Jinje said at Riverside Church. "All religions must become like friendly siblings and good neighbors who cooperate in purifying the inner life of human beings and making the world a better place to live."

Letters of welcome from former U.S. President Bill Clinton and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg were featured ahead of the talk that drew 2,000 people at the Riverside Church, a venue that has a history of uniting religions and races. Respected leaders like the Dalai Lama, the late Martin Luther King Jr. and Nelson Mandela had once spoken at the church as well.

"For 500 years, Seon has been practiced only by monks and nuns in the mountain, not by laypersons. So I had made up my mind to teach this good seon practice to all citizens and people of the world," Ven. Jinje said.

"When you practice seon meditation steadily in your everyday life, you will be free from all inner conflicts and will live a carefree life; your family and the whole world will live in peace."

--Do Je-hae



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