where does a zen master go when he dies?

Many of the great exchanges between Zen Master Seung Sahn and his students are recorded in the book Dropping Ashes on the Buddha. One of my favorites, paraphrased here, occurred when a student asked Seung Sahn, “Where does a Zen Master go when he dies?” Seung Sahn replied happily, without hesitation, “Oh, Zen master, when he dies, he goes to Hell.” The student, perplexed, asked, “Are you sure?” Seung Sahn replied, “Oh yes. When Zen master dies, he goes to Hell. To save all beings.”

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