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Can we explain mystical experiences as some sort of physical phenomena?

Physical phenomena refer to the matters and forces studied in physics, such as magnetic fields and forces, electromagnetic waves, electromagnetic induction, optics, velocity of light, thermal energy, gaseous energy, gasification, and so on. Mystical experiences generally refer to people’s receptions and sensations of spiritual forces. The correct way to generate mystical experiences is to attain extraordinary functions of the mind, body and sense organs through methods of cultivation. Mystical experiences may also be taken as the function of resonant responses between practitioners and the buddhas, bodhisattvas, various divine beings as well as ghost and deities.

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Master Sheng Yen began sharing Chan Buddhist teachings from the 1970s. By upholding the essentials in the Chan tradition that features the sudden or spontaneous approach, while integrating the strengths of various Buddhist schools, he proposed the idea of “protecting the spiritual environment,” which reflects the core value of Chan, to accommodate to the needs of today’s society, enabling everyone to practice Chan in daily life in an easy and natural way. The Chan practice taught at Dharma Drum Mountain not only helps people with their personal awakening, it also features methods of Buddhist cultivation of no-self, for the benefit of the self and others.
Hugo is a psychological counselor from Guangdong. He shared something with our friends at IMG (International Meditation Group) of Dharma Drum Mountain.
The Great Compassion Dharani encompasses the sacred name of Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara and the manifold facets, wisdom, spiritual power, and virtuous merits of Avalokitesvara, as well as that of all other bodhisattvas and Buddhas.
Avalokitesvara, also known as Guan Yin Pusa, is a Bodhisattva with great affinity to the saha world or the world of suffering. Many people, when confronted with fear and apprehension, recite sutras, verses or the Buddha’s name. However, it is Guan Yin Pusa’s name that orthodox Buddhists as well as those who practice folk religion tend to recite instinctively at the moment of danger, akin to a drowning man grasping for the life-boat. The phrase “Amitabha Buddha lies in the mind of every family; Guan Yin Pusa guards every household” aptly describes the faith and belief in Avalokitesvara that is deeply entrenched in Chinese culture.

Why is that so?
As we all have vexations, we often feel uneasy; since on this retreat we have heard the Buddhadharma, we should use it to dissolve the vexations.

When this seven-day Chan retreat ends after breakfast tomorrow morning, I hope that you all have experienced the “joy of the Dharma in every moment, and abiding in the bliss of Cha in all places.”

On March 25 at 9 am at the Buddha Hall, with Ven. Guo Chan and Ven. Chang Ji as the host speakers, near 40 faculty members and students participated in the workshop entitled "Being a Global Citizen".

Taking this opportunity, both the Venerables shared the acquisitions from their experiences of long-termed global interactions with young leaders around the world; the University further wished to benefit the monastic students through better understandings of the progression DDM has made to spread Buddhism worldwide.
A literal translation of ‘Guanyin,’ the Chinese name for Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva, would be ‘Contemplating Liberation Bodhisattva.’ Avalokitesvara is also known as the ‘Bodhisattva Who Contemplates the Sound of the World.’ In fact, a bodhisattva who perfects this practice is a Contemplating Liberation Bodhisattva.
Chan is neither religion nor philosophy, but a kind of outlook, style, and way of life. However, Chan life is different from the life of ordinary people; a Chan practitioner does not seek, display, or reject things for oneself, nor does one feel joyful in good circumstances, or troubled in bad; one only needs to live each day like everyone else, doing what should be done and not doing what shouldn’t be, doing what can be done and not doing what cannot. Engaging in society is neither for oneself nor for others, but simply to fulfill ones’ duties.
Nung Chan Monastery will not be open from April 28th to May 5th for Foundation Chan Retreat

For your kind reference, as Nung Chan Monastery is holding the Seven-Day Foundation Chan Retreat, from April 28th to May 5th, 2018, the Campus will NOT be open to the general public within the above duration.

During this period of time, activities only take account of Chan Retreat; neither sight-seeing nor photographing were permitted.

The campus will be reopening as soon as the retreat is ended after May 5th. Many thanks for your kind attention.

Looking forward to seeing all visitors soon!

Nung Chan Monastery
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Recently, I received a letter from a French professor who thought that I must be physically robust and very energetic, being so busy and yet still able to write and publish many books. In my reply, I wrote that, to the contrary, I have been susceptible to illness since childhood, hardly going a day without being sick. I have dragged on with this feeble body to repay my “straw sandals money”, only because of my gratitude for the kindness of the Three Jewels. The socalled “straw sandals money” refers to all the help I’ve received from others, as well as the blessings I’ve received from the Three Jewels throughout the journey of my dharma practice. I just do my best for the sake of returning these favors, which is none other than repaying kindness.
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