Seon Mun Sa

Buddhist temple of Kwan Um School of Zen in Vrázné
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Welcome to Seon Mun Sa website

Zen Center Vrážné (Seon Mun Sa) is a Buddhist meditation center placed on Czech countryside. It is part of an organization of over 100 temples, Zen centers, and Zen groups around the world. Our Zen tradition is founded on the teachings of the Korean Zen Master Seung Sahn. The direction of this Zen tradition is to attain our true selves and help this world.

You can see short documentary made by Czech television about Vražné – here

How can I help?

If you wish, You can support our Zen Center in various ways.
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What is Zen?

Zen is very simple… What are you?

In this whole world everyone searches for happiness outside, but nobody understands their true self inside.

Everybody says, “I” – “I want this, I am like that…” But nobody understands this “I.” Before you were born, where did your I come from? When you die, where will your I go? If you sincerely ask, “what am I?” sooner or later you will run into a wall where all thinking is cut off. We call this “don’t know.”

Zen is keeping this “don’t know” mind always and everywhere.

Meditation in Zen means keeping don’t-know mind when bowing, chanting and sitting Zen. This is formal Zen practice. And when doing something, just do it. When driving, just drive; when eating, just eat; when working, just work.

Finally, your don’t-know mind will become clear. Then you can see the sky, only blue. You can see the tree, only green. Your mind is like a clear mirror. Red comes, the mirror is red; white comes the mirror is white. A hungry person comes, you can give him food; a thirsty person comes, you can give her something to drink. There is no desire for myself, only for all beings. That mind is already enlightenment, what we call Great Love, Great Compassion, the Great Bodhisattva Way. It’s very simple, not difficult!

So Buddha said that all beings have Buddha-nature (enlightenment nature). But Zen Master Joju said that a dog has no Buddha-nature. Which one is right? Which one is wrong? If you find that, you find the true way. (© Kwan Um School of Zen)

When walking, standing, sitting, 
lying down, speaking, being 
silent, moving, being still. At all times, in all places, without 
interruption—what is this? One mind is infinite kalpas.

When walking, standing, sitting, 
lying down, speaking, being 
silent, moving, being still. At all times, in all places, without 
interruption—what is this? One mind is infinite kalpas.

When walking, standing, sitting, 
lying down, speaking, being 
silent, moving, being still. At all times, in all places, without 
interruption—what is this? One mind is infinite kalpas.

Forms of practice

The forms are very simple, and once you’ve seen them it is easy to follow along.

Starting with meditation

These practices are the heart of meditation. They have different effects on the mind when they are practiced.

Zen teaching articles

Articles in English and Czech from Zen Master Seung Sahn and his students.