For your kind reference, Nung Chan Monastery will be closed for the Seven-day Amitabha Chanting Retreat, from December 23rd to 29th, 2018, to uphold the gracious atmosphere for the practitioners.

For the practitioners who plan to rejoice the assemblies in merit, i.e. partial participation, please apply your temporary entry pass at the front gate. During this period of time, activities only take account of Amitabha Chanting Retreat; neither sight-seeing nor photographing were permitted.

Nung Chan Monastery
With Joined Palms

Chan Buddhism, with its abundant connotation on oriental culture, has been spreading to the West for the past decades. We wonder what parts of the oriental spirituality of Chan was retained and what parts have been transformed?

What are the approaches that the Westerners use to train their disciples in order to pass down the oriental Chan Method?

The two Chan Masters, Reb Anderson and Zarko Andričević, discussed what they had learned, their insights on the subject, and gave their valuable feedbacks for the audience to reflect upon, particularly from the perspective of oriental culture.

Is special knowledge and advanced learning required to practice Buddhism?

This is an ambiguous question that can easily cause confusion. First of all, we basically agree with Confucius’ saying, “ People can be taught to act, but not necessarily to understand.” This implies that ordinary people, especially those who are not too knowledgeable, are more likely to follow simple instructions on a single subject, practice diligently, and gain great benefit.
The Yoga Flaming Mouth Ceremony (瑜珈焰口法會) is another special Dharma service in the Grand Hall. It is often conducted at night, with its main aim being to deliver hungry ghosts.

The Buddhist service conducted at the Avatamsaka Hall is led by two senior bhikshus. Practitioners reverently and silently read the 80 scrolls of the Avatamsaka Sutra (大方廣佛華嚴經) that was translated by the Tripitaka Master Sramana Siksananda of Khotan in the Tang Dynasty.(唐代實叉難陀)
The Surangama Sutra is recited reverently in the Surangama Hall, followed by The Surangama Mantra (楞嚴咒) and the Heart Sutra (心經) . Every day, there is a session where practitioners practice the meditative contemplation of “entering the flow and extinguishing all objects” (入流亡所), which is the perfect penetration, or method, used to attain liberation. This is the method based on using the organ of the ear that was cultivated by Guan Yin Bodhisattva.
The Buddhist services at the Earth Treasure (Ksitigarbha) Bodhisattva Hall include chanting the Sutra of the Earth Treasure Bodhisattva’s Original Vows (地藏菩薩本願經) , participating in the Earth Treasure Bodhisattva Repentence Ceremony (地藏懺) and attending dharma talks by monastics.
Practice methods conducted in the Chan Hall are based upon the teachings of the Chan School, and primarily take the form of meditation. Meditative contemplation, sitting meditation, walking meditation, standing meditation and moving meditation are practiced in the Chan Hall. In addition, practitioners reverently recite The Platform Sutra of the Sixth Patriarch (六祖壇經), accompanied by the striking of the wooden fish, which is the sole Dharma instrument used in the ceremony.

The Buddhist service in Lotus Sutra Hall is to chant The Lotus Sutra (法華經).

The Lotus Sutra was one of the highly revered scriptures during the early Mahayana period in India. It then become significantly influential in Mahayana Buddhist regions, particularly in China, Japan, and Korea, and is also one of the most frequently recited and transcribed scriptures.

The Buddhist services at the Pure Land Hall include chanting the Amitabha Buddha Sutra (阿彌陀經), reciting Amitabha Buddha’s name while walking, sitting and during silent meditation, prostrating to the Buddha, repenting, transfer of merits, and listening to dharma talks related to the practice.
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