With the infinite universes as our home, everything is a single family. Everything is equal and everything is perfect and complete.

And our original buddha nature makes us replete with perfect wisdom and virtue. It would hardly do justice even if everything throughout the universes joined in a single voice to sing praise at the sight of this loftiness and magnificence.

The twinkling stars in the sky and the rolling waves on the clear blue sea are all our siblings. There isn't a soaring bird or crawling bug, ferocious beast, or gentle creature that isn't family. Tiny mice and crafty cats, slithering snakes and frolicking frogs all live in the same home as a single family, and it is a scene that is magnificent to behold.

One of the great historical heroes of the West, Napoleon wound up alone in a distant sea; and Chin Shi Huangdi, the builder of the first Great Wall of China who was determined to rule forever, soon wound up as nothing more than a flickering candle.

To those of you who foolishly run about with dreams of great riches and power, open the eye of the heart and take a look at your original Buddha nature.

The Buddha is Confucius's father, and Confucius is the Buddha’s father. You can find Jesus in Lao Tzu and Lao Tzu in Jesus. They are all a harmonious family in which there is no room for bickering and arguing.

Zen Master Seongcheol
Zen Master Seongcheol

Ven. Tong Songchol (1912~1993), also SeongCheol, one of the great Zen masters in the last century was also called the ‘Living Buddha of Korea’