The Power of Not Knowing
Twenty years ago, a friend of the author took him to see a Zen Buddhist master from Korea called Seung Sahn who had started a number of spiritual communities around the world. His teaching was simple: it had to do with not knowing. Read this thought-provoking–and amusing!–excerpt about this Buddhist masterís teaching here:
What is God? Donít know. Where did you come from? Donít know. What existed before the universe? Donít know. What is outside the Universe that it expands into? Donít know.
Seung Sahn asked his students to use ďdonít know soapĒ on their heads several times a day to cleanse their ideas and opinions! From his perspective, their difficulties came from thinking they knew the answers. To clear their minds of opinions helped make space for the spontaneity of the present moment. His studentsí most logical arguments never modified his loyalty to not knowing.
Adapted from Consciousness in Action, by Andrew Beath (Lantern Books, 2005). Copyright (c) 2005 by Andrew Beath. Reprinted by permission of Lantern Books.
Adapted from Consciousness in Action, by Andrew Beath (Lantern Books, 2005).