Jonathan Foust

June 16, 2009

I Believe

Filed under: Dharma, Meditation, Video — jonathanfoust @ 9:25 pm

A wonderful, lively and articulate interview with Hyan Gak Sunim, passed on to me from my friend Francesca Vanegas, director of the Florida Yoga Institute.  This interview is with Hyan Gak Sunim, her first meditation teacher in RI at the Providence Zen Center  back in 1990. He now lives in Seoul, Korea and has become well known in the international community of this Kwan Um School of Zen.

As Francesca invited me, have a cup of tea and enjoy this 26 minute interview!  The “I Believe” series with Dennis Wholey, part of PBS, is quite ambitious.



  1. Thanks so much for this. Really enjoyed it and found it helpful. Namaste.

    Comment by Bayard Walker — June 18, 2009 @ 3:50 pm

  2. How I came to even see this today was an accident. Not!
    I loved this, from beginning to end. Starting with “drinking tea in order to drink tea,” in the context of being simple and present was a clear example of a distinction I found useful from another teaching (I think it was Landmark Education). It was to examine what we do in terms of its own direct simplicity as compared to doing it “in order to…” get or have something else, which is how we often operate in the world.

    Then, his rich explanation of dukka was a pleasant surprise and it helped me understand “Life is Dukka” more fully. Hyon Guk Sunim is a very clear teacher for me.
    Thank you Jonathan.

    Comment by Lowell Nerenberg — July 3, 2009 @ 9:55 am

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