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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. More on Chan Buddhism...


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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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

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 on 8 Form Moving Meditation




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