"Don't worry about whether or not you become enlightened -- simply pick up the huatou."

Huatou in Chinese, literally means "the origin of words," or that which precedes words and language. This refers to the state of the mind before the arising of conceptualization or, more precisely, before the arising of a single thought. Thus, huatou is the source of all words and of all thoughts, the fundamental nature of the mind.

But, it is also a method that we use to point directly at this mind while putting aside all other concerns. When we investigate huatou, we utilize questions such as: "What is my original face?" and "What is Wu?" These puzzling, seemingly illogical questions produce a deep sense of self-questioning which is called "the doubt sensation." If you can succeed in penetrating this doubt, you will discover that which you have always had.
The Roots Of Chan: A historical review of the key elements of Chan Meditation as formed by Buddhist studies throughout the ages.

This retreat will give a history of Buddhism with an emphasis on the development of Chan meditation. Along with the historical perspective there will be substantial training in meditation techniques based on the principle foundations of Chan practice. The emphasis will be on setting up Right View.
Mirroring and reflecting on the present, you will be rewarded with a most fulfilling life. With gradual devotion, you explore Chan practice and life, and come to realize true happiness, to be found right in the here and now.

Date: 07/07/2016-14/07/2016

Location: Dharma Drum Mountain World Center for Buddhist Education

Organizer: Chan Hall of Dharma Drum Mountain

Retreat Teacher: Venerable Guo Yuan

Participant: This activity is open to the general public.

Fee: Please donate as you wish.

Registration: Please sign up online or by contacting our reception office.
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