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Dharma Talks : The Kwan Um School of Zen and Providence Zen Center

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Great Faith  

From a talk given in 1979:

See Hoy (later Su Bong Zen Master) just talked about believing in your teacher.

How much do you believe in your true self? Ten percent? Then you believe in your teacher ten percent. If you believe in your true self fifty percent, you can believe in your teacher fifty percent. Ninety nine percent? Then you can believe in your teacher ninety nine percent.

But somebody says, "I cannot believe in my true self, but I believe in my teacher,. This means liking your teacher, not believing in your teacher. Maybe someday this person's teacher says "Your action is no good!" Then this student's mind moves -- anger appears, or a lot of thinking. "Why does he speak this way to me?"

So liking your teacher and believing in your teacher are different. If somebody cannot believe in himself but only says, "I believe in my teacher," then this person only follows his teacher. This means being attached to your teacher, liking your teacher, but not believing in your teacher.

If your mind is not moving, and you believe in your teacher 100%, then you already believe in your true self 100%. Then not only believing in your teacher -- believing in your true self, but believing in this society, believing in this world 100% is possible. Then saving all beings is possible. So only go straight, 100% don't know, O.K.?


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