first thing that Daehaeng Kun Sunim teaches people is that when we
were born into this world, each one of us was already endowed with
everything we need, including all abilities and all understanding.
We all have this fundamental nature, sometimes called Buddha-nature,
inherent mind, or Juingong, but the problem is that people don¡¯t rely
upon it. Instead they search outside of themselves for something that
will make them feel happy, complete, and satisfied. But ignoring the
splendor of our inherent nature and looking for something separate
from ourselves only makes people feel worse.
In order to realize and awaken to our inherent nature, Daehaeng
Kun Sunim teaches people to ¡°Believe in your foundation, Juingong,
and entrust it with everything that confronts you. Then go forward
while observing and experimenting with what you experience. All
things constantly change every instant, so there is nothing to cling
to. By entrusting everything to your foundation, every aspect of
your daily life can become part of your practice. Don¡¯t blame others
for the things that happen in your life, know that everything is
your teacher, and interpret things positively. Also know that all
beings share the same mind, the same life, the same body, work together,
and share all things together.¡±
According to the circumstances and the listeners, Daehaeng Sunim
has spoken in depth about these and other aspects of spiritual practice.
The following is a summary of Daehaeng Kun Sunim¡¯s teachings related
to several of these topics.