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December 09, 2010


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The main difference between a Buddha and a mere zen master (Bodhisattva) is that where the knowledge of self and thus the nature and origin of all things is incomplete in the zen master, the knowledge of the Buddha is complete, right, perfect and beyond any sentient comprehension. The one possessing right knowledge is free to induce right release (from all illusions and bonds). This is equal to parinirvana. The very essence of Dharmakaya.

after Wonhyo returned to his home country, he studied under a teacher called Dae An for many years.

He may well have been awakened to One Mind, but he should still have verified his understanding with an authentic teacher.

There's no doubt that Wonhyo was a very impressive practitioner. He wrote his three volume commentary on the Vajrasamadhi Sutra in something like three days, on the back of an oxcart. People were amazed, but I think it's because he truly saw this fundamental mind, and was just describing the world he saw around him.

Here's a link to another version of "Arouse Your Mind." http://wakeupandlaugh.wordpress.com/2010/06/30/wonhyo-sunim-inspiring-yourself-to-practice/

In general, I think the "mad monk" aspect of Wonhyo's life is overblown, and I suspect it is seized upon by people reluctant to let go of their own desires. This isn't intended as a critique of anyone, it's just that it seems like there's a "have your cake and eat it too" aspect that people focus on, without realizing that even then, Wonhyo's life and practice was quite austere.

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