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November 26, 2008


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David Rynick

Quite to the point and helpful. Is this from a book or collection? I'd like to learn more of his teaching. I'm a dharma heir of George Bowman and interested in learning more about my Korean ancestors.

the psycho therapist

A word of hello and thank you for this.

New here--from 21awake, enjoyed and resonated with your comment--and, as what happened at Rohan's site, I am stunned silent. Long live relationship as path.

Wonderful points in which to marinate the gray matter. Henceforth, I shall be a frequent reader.

Again, many thanks.


Dosho Port

Wow, each one a stinger. Thanks for showing the great depth of the recent Korea-derived truth tradition.

Warm regards,



Nice, looks like a to don't list. I like it!

Take care,



thank you for this very wise and inspiring teaching. Really great!

With palms together,

Barry Briggs

Hi David, thanks for your comment! I sat a retreat with George in 1991 - and still remember his sincerity and commitment to each student. I'll email you separately both sources for Kyong Ho's sayings, so as not to take too much space here. I also have some other resources on the Korean tradition, as does Paul Lynch at Zen Mirror (http://zenmirror.blogspot.com/).

Hi TPT, thanks for your comment! I'm very glad that you visited Ox Herding and I look forward to hearing from you again. If you're interested in relationship as a path, check out John Welwood's book, "Perfect Love" - very clear teaching about what relationship is really all about - or, rather, what relationship can be about, but usually isn't.

Hi Dosho, thanks for your comment! Based on the stories, Kyong Ho spit out skin, flesh, bones, and marrow in every utterance. I'll post more on the Korean tradition in coming weeks.

Hi Jordan, thanks for your comment! Oh, yes! Your mind and my mind are the same mind. To Do!

Hi Uku, thanks for your comment! Yes, I also get inspiration from Kyong Ho's words. I remember the first long solo retreat I did and all the weird stuff that happened - later I read Kyong Ho's saying about the "weird" and how demons naturally appear during practice. In my experience, demons appear nearly constantly throughout my day - just ask my dear wife!

Thanks again, everyone!



They're excellent words. Thanks, Barry.



Barry Briggs

Thanks for your comment, Harry!



yeah, demons are here too. :) I think your wife and my wife would have a lot to talk about us. :)

Take care, Dharmabro!

Paul Lynch, JDPSN

one of my favorites, and we should all thank Musoeng Sunim at IMS for this.

Barry Briggs

Mu Soeng's work on the Korean tradition has opened many doors for the rest of us. Anyone interested in learning more should check out his book, "Thousand Peaks."


Dosho and Jordan both took the words right out of my mouth. A to-don't list of stingers.

Great stuff here. I just stumbled upon your blog a few days ago and having been enjoying your archives little by little.


Barry Briggs

FW, thank you so much for visiting Ox Herding. A "to-don't list" - very funny! I look forward to checking out Canoe in the Mist on a regular basis.


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