The Reality of Chan Practice

Insights from the Practice of Gratitude and Repentance

​Chan Meditation Center _ Reviews on Online Tuesday Sitting Session Article By Yvonne  Photos by Yin Ting Starting from this March, Tuesday evening sitting has gone online. Instead of commuting by train and bus, I can participate in the event by joining in the zoom meeting just a second. Like other human activities, so many things around us have changed. Some are temporary and some are permanent. And this transformation makes me to think a lot in the sitting meditation sessions....

Living peacefully through challenging times

2020 Online Tuesday Sitting Meditation Sharing (Article by Hang Yeung; Photos by Yin Ting) 2020 was a year full of great disasters and unprecedented challenges. The fear of the pandemic, the anxiety of the unknown, the inadaptability to the change of daily life... I also stayed at home for a long time for the prevention of infection. During the time of facing an unpredictable external environment and unstable mood and feelings, I couldn't help missing the time of group practices i...

Summary on The Introduction of the One Hundred Dharmas in Yogacara

(Chan Meditation Center Sunday Dharma Talk) @Article by Harry Miller @Photo by Chang Xun   Ven. Changhwa gave a series of talks from October to December, 2020 on Yogacara teachings and doctrines. Yogacara is an important school of Buddhism that emphasizes practice through understanding of perception, cognition, and consciousness. Ven. Changhwa provides extensive background on the history of this important school. She speaks about Asanga and Vasubandhu (both of whom flourished i...

2020 Great Compassion Water and Land Service Online Practice Sharing

Like every other part of life since Spring, we practiced the rituals of "Liang Huang Repentance Sutra" at home via internet and it turned out to be powerful. This Repentance Sutra has been widely practiced for about 1400 years and is considered the king of repentance teachings. In this voluminous sutra, we pray for ancestors and for living beings alike. It is the Chan Meditation Center's focus around Thanksgiving every year to support world peace, health and happiness for a...

Online Tuesday sitting session sharing: Breathe In

Chan Meditation Center, NY   (Article by Calvin Chu / Photos by Yin Ting) Breathe In.  Breathe Out.  Relax your body.  Relax your mind.  And may all sentient beings depart from suffering. This was the thought pattern that I tried to develop every Tuesday evening in the Zoom sitting session with Changzhai Fashi and our fellow CMC community.  I enjoyed my time very much.  And I sincerely thank Fashi and the rest of the Sangha for making my Tuesda...

Flatten the Ruffled Surface of the Water

The mind that makes no distinctions is unmoving; there are no ups and downs. If you tried to eliminate the ups and downs it would be like trying to calm the ripples on the water in a pan. You want the surface to be completely still; you blow the water to flatten it out and end up making more ripples. Then you press the water with your hands to stop it from moving, which creates even more agitation. If you were to leave the water alone, the ripples would eventually subside and the surface wo...

Trying to unify the mind

Trying to unify the mind Trying to unify the mind is completely different from seeking to unify the external world. Most of the time, the external world lies outside your control. You need to alleviate the conflicts and problems of the inner world before thinking about resolving your conflicts with others.       Resources: Dharma Drum – The life and heart of Chan practice, the reality of Chan practice, p.123 Book Store &n...

Extend the harmony to our surroundings

  When talking about broad topics like peace, relfect on your personal limitations. Strive primarily to achieve harmony of body and mind, and then gradually extend this harmony to your surroundings. Eventually, you will be able to merge with the numerous worlds of living beings throughout the Dharmadhartu, and with all the Buddhas in the ten directions and the three period of time.     Resources: Dharma Drum – The life and heart of Chan p...

Greedy, angry, and arrogant.

Greedy people are unaware of their own greed. Greedy people are usually unaware of their own greed. The same is ture of people filled with anger, arrogance and pride. But sooner or later, practitioners will recoginze that they have been greedy, angry or arrogant. At that time they should generate a sense of humility and practice repentance. If you can do this every time you recognize these feelings, these non-virtuous mental states, you will find they arise less and less frequen...

Stilling the Mind

  Stilling the mind is like catching a feather with a fan – the old fashioned hand-held type. Every time you move the fan, the feather is likely to be blown away. It is a delicate business. You have to hold the fan quite still, just beneath the feather's downward trajectory. You can imagine how difficult, and yet how easy, this task might be!     Resources: Dharma Drum – The life and heart of Chan practice, p.141 Book Store  

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