Manseong’s No-Cultivation


At the center of this Sunday’s Dharma Talk will be a twentieth century Korean koan from The Hidden Lamp collection entitled “Manseong’s No Cultivation.” Bukkai will respond to the material and offer her thoughts on related teachings.

One day a nun asked Manseong Sunim, “How do I cultivate the Way of the Buddha?”

“No cultivation,” answered Manseong.

The nun persevered: “How, then, can I obtain release from birth and death?”

“Who chains you to birth and death?” Manseong asked in return.

Jill Bukkai Washburn