When Zen Master Soeng Hyang (Barabra Rhodes) started giving koan interviews in America, she found that her students were more interested in asking her about their personal issues than answering the koans. She asked her teacher, Zen Master Seung Sahn, what she should do. Zen Master Seung Sahn advised, “Put a gun to their heads.”
As I sat this Winter Kyol Che at Gak Su Temple, a big question appeared: All the Zen Masters are always talking about clear mind. What is this for? Why should we always keep clear mind? All of a sudden, in the midst of this two-week retreat, I had lost the reason for practice. I know we’re practicing to keep clear – moment to moment, what are we doing? But WHY?