Richard Shrobe is another Dharma heir of Seung Sahn and the head Zen teacher at the Chogye International Zen Center of New York.
“Zen is a practice of becoming clear,” he told me, “returning to your original mind before concept and opinion and idea, and from that position being able to connect with circumstances and be helpful.”
I asked if there were a difference between the way the Japanese Schools and the Korean School approached this practice?
“Not fundamentally, I would say. The flavor might be a little different in terms of the cultural underpinnings. Also, the degree to which some particular center adheres to an Asian flavor as opposed to a modification of Asian flavor with American flavor. But essentially I think the bone of Japanese Zen and Korean Zen and Chinese Chan is all the same.”
[Richard Shrobe - Cypress Trees in the Garden: 423-438]
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