What is Love?


One evening, after the Dharma talk at the Cambridge Zen Center, a student asked Seung Sahn Soen-sa, “What is love?”

Soen-sa said, “I ask you: what is love?

The student was silent.

Soen-sa said, “This is love.”

The student was still silent.

Soen-sa said, “You ask me. I ask you. This is love.”


To ask or answer a fundamental question is the give and take of Zen practice. It may not be difficult to stick to the question or the answer. Perhaps something deeper is at work.

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