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April 13, 2010


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Excellent, I look forward to finding out more on this.



Chong Go Sunim

I've actually never heard of this, despite being in Korea. Unfortunately, there are a lot of stories about Bodhidharma, most of which we now know had no historical connection with him. (Though they were recommended by heavyweights of the day, so as teaching stories they may be valid.)
That said, Korea used to have a lot of direct links with India. In Koryo paintings, you can clearly see very dark skinned monks, and there is a plausable legend that in 49CE an Indian princess married into the Kaya kingdom.

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About Zen Women

  • The role of women in the development of Ch'an (Zen) Buddhism is poorly known. There have been imaginative attempts to construct a female lineage during the Tang Dynasty, but documentary records are quite limited. While reading through the case records over the past decade, I've noted stories involving female practitioners. This weblog compiles those stories in a single location.
  • May these posts benefit all practitioners.


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  • I extend grateful appreciation to my daughter, Susie, who designed this site; to Zen Master Seung Sahn, for crossing the ocean; and to all beings for their never-ending encouragement and teaching.
  • May we together attain enlightenment and save all beings from suffering.

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