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Apr 17, 2024 | Zen Master Seung Sahn

The end of fruit means beginning of fruit

Zen Master Seung Sahn

“The end of fruit means beginning of fruit”

The end of fruit means the beginning of fruit. You must understand that, OK? Many people want a good taste, good time, good feeling. That’s desire.

A fruit has a good color, not exactly ripe yet. When the fruit is correctly ripe, its color changes and it is very sweet, it has a good taste. Then when more time is taken, it gets rotten. When rotten, the correct seed appears. Many people like good taste, but this taste doesn’t matter. All completely rotten, then seed goes into the ground, and again a tree comes up, and again make good fruits. Fruit means don’t want good taste. Taste doesn’t matter, understand?

You must realize that your thinking, your situation, your body, everything is soon rotten. Your body, your situation, your condition, everything rotten, but inside, your center is strong. That is your correct seed. If you find your seed, you won’t die. In your seed there is no life, no death. The end of you is the beginning of you.

– Zen master Seung Sahn