After reading this book about a year ago, I finally made the decision to really find out what all this zen stuff was all about. Though as someone "philosophically inclined" it took me some time to wrap my self around his "just don't know" and the like. But never for a moment was I anything but totally engrossed by his presentation. And he's funny too! What more could you want?!? A Stand-up Zen master...exactly what I've been waiting for! For a more complete presentation, check out Seung Sahn's "The Compass of Zen".
This compilation of Korean, Kwan Um School, Zen Master Dae Seung Sahn Soe Sa Nim's teachings is a truly sublime book, humorous, enlightening, emotional, and guiding on a destined, life-changing path. Please do not miss such an oppurtunity.
All that seems to be / Is a ripple in a pond / That is but empty. / (my own deplorable, execrable, contemnable semblance, no, not even semblance, emulation, no, not even emulation, specious, no, not even specious, spurious attempt at haiku)
It'd be impossible for me to say enough good things about this book. From the first time I read it in 1997 - I keep reading bits over and over again. One can never exhaust it... Impossible. In my opinion this is THE best introduction to zen. And in the great tradition of zen, Seung Sahn is ALWAYS entertaining. He's the perfect teacher: he reveals us to ourselves. Amazing man, amazing book.
A well written book on Zen. Along with "Three pillars of Zen", I've made this book a gift to many of my students. I most like the chapter "The Zen Circle". It is a fine way to desribe "the mind" to anyone interested in this subject matter.
Look no further! You made it, you have arrived, this is it: you have found this book. Now open it... Are you laughing yet? This book is a most wonderful key. It will hit right at your core, dazzle you, stun you, strip you, enrich you, bust the locks of your mind, and flung open the doors of your heart . Whoever said Zen 'had' to be austere and bitter anyway? Do yourself the favor of a lifetime: meet this simple and loving man, and listen to his teaching. It's about life, it's about death, empty words and the color of snow, a flag moving in the wind, moments of everyday; it's about you. Everything becomes clear; are you laughing yet?
I finally read this book in its entirety recently after a year of randomly reading the charming stories and koans comprising the book. I love the simplicity of Seung Sahn's teachings. The love he has for his student (you) truly shines through when reading. However, there are other books I would recommend to the beginner who knows little of Zen before this one -introductory books, otherwise the "methods" of zen teaching are easy misunderstood.