What is Love?
Last Sunday, we had a wonderful Dharma Talk Josh Atlas and a Question and Answer session with our Guiding Teacher, Paul Park, JDPSN. During the Q and A, Paul referenced a story that can be found in the book Dropping Ashes on the Buddha – The Teaching of Zen Master Seung Sahn, by Stephen Mitchell. This is the final teaching in this book that compiles 100 teachings from (you guessed it!) Zen Master Seung Sahn. The story is:
One evening, after a Dharma talk at the Cambridge Zen Center, a student asked Seung Sahn Soen Sa, “What is love?”
Soen-sa said, “I ask you, what is love?”
The student was silent.
Soen-sa said, “This is love.”
The student was still silent.
Soen-sa said, “You ask me: I ask you. This is love.”