Topics: Chan Buddhism

Chan Buddhism : Mundane Chan vs. Modern Chan
Chan Buddhism originated with Shakyamuni Buddha and its essential spirit has never varied. It places great emphasis on daily life and the experience of direct awakening. By practicing Ch'an, even when one cannot achieve enlightenment, one is certainly planting the roots of good karma and will be able to have fewer afflictions and develop more wisdom.

Buddhadharma in the Modern Era
Ch'an practice lies in our daily life. Spiritual practice is to constantly pay attention to our action, speech, and thought, and correct ourselves, and therefore attain spiritual liberation and freedom of mind.

The true meaning of Ch'an
"The true meaning of Ch'an is wisdom and compassion, and the meaning of meditative absorption is not to be affected by our environment and not to be subject to any temptation. Ch'an Buddhism teaches that concentration and wisdom are one, with which we are able to deal with people and events objectively without giving rise to mental affliction.

The relationship between Chan Buddhism and Chinese culture
Chinese culture and Chinese Buddhism influenced each other and are inseparable. Ancient China, influenced by Confucianism and Taoism, was a rather humanistic and naturalistic society, so Buddhism in China has become an earthly religion, a unique quality of Ch'an Buddhism.

How Westerners differ from Asians in practicing Chan and applying Chan to their lives
Chan got to the West after World War II mainly attributed to two systems of Japanese Zen, advocated by Kyozan Joshu Sasaki and Daisetsu Teitaro Suzuki respectively. Although Westerners approach Chan somewhat differently than Asians do, they both appreciate its physical and mental benefits for their lives.

Mutual affinity in Ch'an Buddhism - Meeting of the minds
Intuitive meeting of minds is pointing directly to the human mind regarding the insight to reality. This requires one to have experienced some degree of enlightenment, which is beyond the expression of words.

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Topics: The Chinese people’s faith in Guanyin Bodhisattva

Chinese people consider Guanyin Bodhisattva as the closest Bodhisattva to them. According to Lotus Sutra and Great compassion Dharani Sutra, it is an easy and encouraging practice to recite his holy name, which brings to mind of kind compassion or loving-kindness. He responds to all requests for help, and relieves people’s suffering when they recite his name and prays sincerely.
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Topics: The Methods of Meditation

The methods of meditation are not only methods of Chan practice but also the best way to calm the mind and achieve meditative concentration. Especially the sitting meditation facilitates equanimity of mind.
People can meditate counting their breath or reciting the Buddha’s name. Mindful breathing simply requires us to be aware of our breathing without controlling it, and will naturally bring forth a clear and calm mind. More on The Methods of Meditation

Topics: Eight-Form Moving Meditation: Standing Posture

Dharma Drum’s Eight-Form Moving Meditation was developed by Master Sheng Yen of Dharma Drum Mountain as a means of allowing people living stressful and busy lifestyles to enjoy some of the benefits of Chan meditation. The system, based on many years of practice and personal experience, has incorporated the essence of Chan meditation into a series of simple physical exercises. In addition to physical exercise, practice of the Eight Forms helps you relax your body and mind, so that you can develop a healthy body and a balanced mind.

Dharma Drum’s Eight-Form Moving Meditation is a set of easy-to-learn exercises that can be practiced almost anywhere and at anytime. This system of “meditation through motion” is beneficial to both body and mind, and once acquired through diligent practice, can be performed whether walking, standing, sitting or reclining, so that you are about how to enter concentration mindful of being relaxed in body and mind. By practicing the Eight Forms, you will always be composed and at ease, and at every moment enjoy the bliss of meditation and the joy of the Dharma. More Video Clips... and More on the Eight-Form Moving Meditation...

Eight Form Moving Meditation - Standing Postures

Eight Form Moving Meditation - Sitting Postures

Topics: Meditative Concentration

The spirit of Chan is stability, simplicity and tranquility. Meditative concentration is the unification of mind and thoughts. So we can pay attention to very fine details and know clearly at every movement. When we can create more Chan spirit in our daily lives, just like the living Chan, then we can have our lives more wisely and fully. More on How to Enter Meditative Concentration...

Topics: The True Meaning of Emptiness in Nature

The consciousness-only theory in Buddhism is a study of psychological analysis, which analyzes the mind in great detail. Ego, in Buddhism, is a tendency to cling to an illusion and is constantly changing, and so it is a false or delusory self. Buddhism advocates no-self, a true self that is free of any kind of attachment and realizes emptiness, meaning neither existence nor non-existence. More Videos... and More on The True Meaning of Emptiness in Nature...

Topics: Development of True Self

The stages of progress from having a "self" to no-self, or the no-mind of Chan. Starting from self-understanding, one acknowledges one's strengths and weaknesses, with the end goal of dissolution of the self through continuous improvement and growth. More Videos... and More on the Development of True Self...

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