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Chan Meditation Roadmap

Master Sheng Yen's Teaching on Chan Methods “I took a different approach to teaching Chan in the West, adapting it to the lives of my followers, laypeople who could only stay in retreat for a few days. […] My approach is different from the approach used in China's Chan Halls. In Chinese Chan, there is no exercise other than periods of fast walking to break up longer periods of still, silent sitting meditation. I have combined in my teaching this Chinese technique of fast walking with the Theravada practice of slow walking. I also use yoga from India and Taiji and massage from China in my teaching. Westerners seem to like and respond well to this variety and the mix of stillness and motion.”– from <Footprints in the Snow by Chan Master Sheng Yen>

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Why Did I Choose to Take the Three Refuges and Five Precepts?

One word, faith. There is so much we don't know, haven't experienced, wisdom yet to be realized. In these situations, faith is all we have.    After a little over a year a...

​Dharma Assembly Attendee Etiquette

Those who are new to learning the Dharma are encouraged to attend group practice in temples, to ensure that they are practicing in the right direction, using the right methods. Learning with other ...

The Contents of Dharma Services

Understanding the contents of a Dharma service and its meaning helps practitioners concentrate on the practice when attending the assembly. Contemporary Dharma services focus on reciting sutras and...

What Should We Bring to a Dharma Assembly?

To attend a Dharma assembly, we need to bring a Buddhist cassock, a tumbler, reusable foodware, and some personal belongings (wallet, train ticket, keys, clothes for warmth, etc.). Yet, remember th...

​Attending Dharma Assemblies: Prepare Well, Avoid Hasty Effort

Does attending Dharma assemblies alone qualify as engaged practice? If we don't practice regularly before attending a Dharma assembly, we may find sutra chanting boring because we don't und...

​​A Brief Introduction to the Development of the Dharma Assembly

The Dharma assembly refers to the various kinds of gathering events, which can include Dharma talks, offerings to the Buddha, offerings to monastics, and providing alms. The primary essence of the ...

​Ten Most Commonly Seen Dharma Assemblies in Chinese Buddhism

The following sections describe the origins and main features of the ten most attended Dharma assemblies in Chinese Buddhism.   Guanyin Dharma Assembly In devotion to Guanyin Bodhisattv...

​Into the Venue of a Dharma Assembly

As the Buddha's statue1 symbolizes the Buddha's presence in a Dharma assembly, we pay our respect to the Buddha by bowing to the statue or join our palms with the upper body bending when ...

​The Arising of Conditioned Appearance from the True Mind (I)

by Venerable Guo Xing   This is the first in a series of articles taken from Dharma talks given by Ven. Guo Xing at the Shurangama Sutra Retreat in August 2012. The talks focus on the first ...

​Pilgrimage

To go on a pilgrimage is to visit, and pay homage to, sacred sites or holy relics of Buddhas or Bodhisattvas. This practice method takes after ancient masters' journeys to seek Dharma or worshi...

​Enjoy One Step at a Time

Living in today's fast-paced society, we hurry to work or to meetings every day. We are always on the move to arrive somewhere. Though our legs are moving, we are not aware of it; we do not foc...

Being Mindful of Where We Are: The Practice of Walking Meditation in Daily Life

When using the method of walking meditation, we neither intentionally speed up nor slow down. Instead, we walk at the same speed as we normally would, while trying to be aware of the movements with...

​Slow Walking Meditation

Practitioners normally perform walking meditation between sitting sessions during a retreat, in limited-sized spaces. Alternating practicing sitting and walking meditation helps us harmonize the bo...

​Fast Walking Meditation

Fast walking meditation, also known as pao-xiang (跑香) in Chinese, is a practice method unique to the Chinese Chan tradition, which is not taught in other traditions such as Theravada, Tibetan and...

​Buddhist Circumambulation (Walking Meditation and Buddha Name Recitation)

Circumambulation, originating in early Buddhism, was the ritual of circling around the Buddha to express respect. After Buddhism was introduced to China, Buddhists continued the tradition of circum...

Practice Walking Meditation to Experience Chan in Motion

Can walking be a method of Buddhist practice? When one thinks of Buddhist practice, what often comes to mind is either sitting meditation or reciting the Buddha's name. In fact, Buddhist practi...

​What Introductory Practices are Available for Working People?

It is better to conduct regular practices with fixed contents and duration. If we are too busy to set specific practice periods we can conduct our practice based on a fixed number of times, such as...

​Carry out Daily Dharma Practice However Busy We Are

Living in modern society, we have been so busy paddling in the whirl and turmoil of busy daily life that over time we hardly notice our deeply ingrained self-centeredness. When we don't reach a...

​Start Your Buddhist Cultivation with Regular Practice

To do regular practice is to set aside a fixed  period each day to do the same practice, such as reciting a sutra, sitting in meditation, and prostrating to the Buddha. Regular practice help...

​{Dharma Talk} Discover the True Mind

by Abbot Venerable Guo Xing From a talk given at the Chan Meditation Center on Februrary 13, 2011. Translated by Echo Bonner, transcribed by Lingyun Wang and edited by Buffe Maggie Laffey.  ...

{Dharma Talk} How to Overcome Difficulties in Meditation

by Žarko Andričević Žarko Andričević is a martial arts and yoga teacher since the 1970s, Zarko first encountered Buddhism in 1975. Ten years later he started the first Buddhist study and m...

Chan and Modern Life

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The Second Thought Cannot Come into Contact with the First Thought

Chan in Daily Life Motion Picture Series Chan represents the concepts and methods to calm and settle our body and mind. It is especially suitable for people living in today's hectic and st...

Abiding Nowhere, Give Rise to the Mind

There are two lines from the Diamond Sutra on the wall at Nung Chan Monastery: "Abiding nowhere, give rise to mind."  "Abiding nowhere" refers to the mind without...

Greedy, anger, and arrogance

  Greedy people are usually unaware of their own greed. The same is true of people filled with anger, arrogance and pride. But sooner or later, practitioners will recognize that they...

Depend on yourself to open up your own road

  Life is much the same as making and projecting a movie. Film moves at about ten images per second. When the movie is completed, it can be projected at the same speed that it was taken...