The Compass of Zen is a simple, clear, and often hilarious presentation of the essential teachings of the main Buddhist traditions--culminating in Zen--by one of the most beloved Zen Masters of our time. In his many years of teaching throughout the world, Zen Master Seung Sahn has become known for his unique ability to cut to the heart of Buddhist teaching in a way that is strikingly clear, without relying upon esoteric or academic language. In this book, based on his talks, he presents the basic teachings of Buddhism in a way that is wonderfully rich and accessible for both beginners and long-time students.
The book also contains Zen Master Seung Sahn's "Ten Gates," his presentation of ten essential kong-ans (koans) that provides much insight into these little-understood tools for self-understanding.
"Like two arrows meeting in the air, this extraordinary book meets the mind point. Please relax and enjoy it."--Joan Halifax, author of The Fruitful Darkness
"The Great Way and a dozen side paths: all are present in The Compass of Zen. However lost it may get you, it always points to true north, because it issues straight from the great bodhisattva heart of Zen Master Seung Sahn." --Stephen Mitchell, translator of The Gospel According to Jesus
"This Compass is rich and full of energy which reflects Dae Soen Sa Nim's limitless attainment. The stories are living teachings that are playful, inspiring, mindboggling, happy, and sad--aieeego! It is the everyday lives of all the buddhas and bodhisattvas, because they embody the wisdom and compassion that have been transmitted from beginningless time.
"Dae Soen Sa Nim, my friend and great teacher, took me by the hand and showed me the Way. In every situation, he was constantly showing us all the Way. And he still continues to this very day. His whole being is truly inexhaustible!" --Jakusho Kwong-roshi, Abbot, Sonoma Mountain Zen Center...Continua
They tried to explain about Hinayana Buddhism(소승불교), Mahayana Buddhism(대승불교), and Zen Buddhism(선불교) in a luminous remark. But it maybe still hard to understand to a novice because of an irrelevant answer.
Seung Sahn didn't say what is Zen. But, he just snap down his table with a BANG!