Bon's Open Road

  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    United States 2008

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    San Francisco, CA

  • AIRED ON:

    Public Television: Season 5

  • ON DVD:

    Roadtrip Nation: Season 5

BON SOENG

Zen Master
Empty Gate Zen Center

“The biggest wisdom really comes from not knowing, because if you admit you don't know, then you're willing to look.”

INTERESTS:

Philosophy & Religion

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Beliefs & Faith Education Exploration Family Focus Honesty Individualism Self-Reflection Simplicity Societal Pressures Values

TAGS:

Buddhism, carpentry, civil rights, civil rights movement, college, control, development, ideas vs reality, influences, mentor, mind, not knowing, psychology, religion, self discovery, society, thinking, vietnam, vietnam war, war

BIOGRAPHY:

At age fourteen, Bon Soeng had a realization that he was living a life that was someone else's idea. Growing up in a society greatly affected by the Vietnam War and Civil Rights Movement, Bon Soeng felt mainstream society was pretty empty and was drawn to eastern philosophy. Following college, he moved to a Zen Buddhist Community in Northern California and began practicing Zen in 1975. Hoping to bring Buddhism out of the Zen centers and into the regular world, he became a psychotherapist so he could work with people using Buddhist principles. He encourages people to take time to learn how their mind works.

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