The power and simplicity of the Korean Zen tradition shine in this collection of teachings by a renowned modern master, translated by Martine Batchelor. Kusan Sunim provides a wealth of practical advice for students, particularly with regard to the uniquely Korean practice of "hwadu," or sitting with questioning. An extensive introduction by Stephen Batchelor, author of "Buddhism without Beliefs," provides both a biography of the author and a brief history of Korean Zen.
About the Author
Martine Batchelor spent ten years in a Korean monastery studying Zen Buddhism. She works as a lecturer and spiritual advisor, and her books include Principles of Zen, Walking on Lotus Flowers, and Buddhism and Ecology. She lives in the South of France.
Stephen Batchelor is a former monk in the Tibetan and Zen traditions. He has translated Shantideva's "A Guide to the Bodhisattva's Way of Life" and is the author of "Alone with Others", "The Faith to Doubt", "The Tibet Guide", "The Awakening of the West", "Buddhism without Beliefs", and" Verses from the Center". He is a contributing editor of "Tricycle" magazine, a guiding teacher at Gaia House Retreat Centre, and cofounder of Sharpham College for Buddhist Studies and Contemporary Inquiry in Devon, England. He lives in southwest France and lectures and conducts meditation retreats worldwide.
"I highly recommend this wonderful book which affords us a 'bird's-eye' view into the teachings of Korean Zen Master Kusan Sunim. The teachings are concise yet comprehensive. A welcome addition to the growing body of writing on Korean Zen."—Richard Shrobe (Zen Master Wu Kwang), Guiding Teacher, Chogye International Zen Center of New York
"A modern Zen classic with deep roots in the oldest traditions of Korean and Chinese Buddhism. Kusan roars like a lion."—Stanley Lombardo