Master Sheng Yen's Video Dharma Talk

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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