Hwadu ~ 화두

brownshirtWhat is Hwadu? Hwadu is made up of the word hwa, which means speech or story, and du, which is a meaningless suffix. So hwadu is just a word for speech. But we must note that Seon masters use this word in a particular way. Hwadu is a special language of Seon masters that blocks all passages for thought and discrimination. Such words cannot be grasped with everyday thought. Hwadu have the power to remove the thought and discrimination of conceptual thinking. Therefore hwadu have… learn more


What is Hwadu?
Hwadu is made up of the word hwa, which means speech or story, and du, which is a meaningless suffix. So hwadu is just a word for speech. But we must note that Seon masters use this word in a particular way. Hwadu is a special language of Seon masters that blocks all passages for…
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How to Approach Hwadu Practice by Venerable Muyeo
…Then how do we study our mind? Mind has no physical form. It is not an object. So you cannot cleanse it as you clean the floor with a mop. Changing impure thoughts into bright ones is the practice of the mind. Then what is the main factor that pollutes our minds? What is the original cause?… read more

“WHAT IS THIS?”, Dharma talk by Martine Batchelor
The question anchors us and brings us back to this moment.  But we are not repeating the question like a mantra.  These are not sacred words and it does not matter how many times we repeat them.  What is important is that the questioning is alive, that the question is fresh each time we ask “What is this?”  We are asking because we do not know.  It is similar to when we… read more


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