Posted by: Upāsaka | 08/30/2015

A Return to Seon

Some years ago, 2012 to be exact, i traveled to Toronto by bus in order to tale precepts from Ven. Samu Sunim, a monk in the Chogye Order of Korean Seon and the founder of the Buddhist Society for Compassionate Wisdom. I did so at the time in order to begin a path of training which would allow me to someday become a chaplain in hospice,  prison and hospital settings. Crazy? Idealistic? Perhaps but it is something to which i find myself continually drawn.

Then,  of course,  is my desire to be formally apart of a group dedicated to rigorous spirirual training. I am often unsure of my toe motivations in this regard because there are times when i feel that i am motivated b less than pure intentions which lead ever on towards becoming while at others i feel i am pursuing this course for the right.  reasons.

At present I’m still suspect of myself but, having been in n the presence of Sunim again and seen what kinds of work he is doing i an inspired to push forward ever mindful of my own intentions. May all beings find freedom from suffering!



  1. Mike,
    Until we are ariyas, our motivations will be partly altruistic and partly selfish. However, that is no reason not to go ahead with our noble endeavours. You are aware of your less than perfect motivations which in itself is an artefact of the efficacy of spiritual practice which eradicates unwholesome dhammas.
    I wish you all the best.
    With metta,

    • Ben,

      Thank you as always for your warm encouragement. You are a true friend! Be well!

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