In those last days of his life, Zen Master Seung Sahn was in the hospital and in a great deal of great pain. Dae Kwan Sunim was with him, and asked if ZMSS would give his pain to her.
Dae Kwan Sunim insisted, but Zen Master Seung Sahn said, “My pain is very expensive!”
“How much, sir?” she asked him. “We will buy it from you.”
“My pain is so expensive, you cannot buy it!” Zen Master Seung Sahn replied.
Dae Kwan Sunim leaned into his ear and said, “Then maybe I will sell the Su Bong Zen Monastery, get lots of money and give it to you. Then you give us your pain!”
There was a moment of silence.
Dae Kwan Sunim continued, “If we give you all this money, then what will you do with it?”
Zen Master Seung Sahn replied “I take your money, then rent another Zen center, save all beings from suffering!”
At these words, everyone burst out laughing. Then he said, “That’s not a bad business deal, yah?”