Wanting Enlightenment Is a Big Mistake: Teachings of Zen Master Seung Sahn (Paperback)

By Hyon Gak (Editor), Jon Kabat-Zinn (Foreword by)
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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.

About the Author




Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D., has been a student and practitioner of meditation and yoga for over three decades. He is the founder and director of the Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center and an associate professor of medicine. He lives in Worchester, Massachusetts. He is the author of the classic "Wherever You Go, There You Are", also available from Audio Renaissance.

Praise For…


“Now that Soen Sa Nim [Zen Master Seung Sahn] is gone, we have only the stories, and, thankfully, books such as this one, to help bring him alive to those who never had a chance to encounter him in the flesh. In these pages, if you linger in them long enough, and let them soak into you, you will indeed meet him in his inimitable suchness, and perhaps much more important, as would have been his hope, you will meet yourself.”—Jon Kabat-Zinn, author of Coming to Our Senses

“Zen Master Seung Sahn’s teachings will always bring great light into the world. His extraordinary wit, intelligence, courage, and compassion are brought to us in this wonderful and important book. Thousands of students have benefited from his great understanding. Now more will come to know the heart of this rare and profound human being.”—Joan Halifax, Abbot, Upaya Zen Center

Product Details
ISBN: 9781590303405
ISBN-10: 1590303407
Publisher: Shambhala Publications
Publication Date: August 8th, 2006
Pages: 201
Language: English