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Chan Meditation Center English Sunday Dharma Talk - Reflecting the Diamond Sutra -3 Talk By Gilbert Gutierrez

The material presented here is deep and potentially confounding.  However, Gilbert presents it in a way that is clear and deeply human.  His presentation encourages us to delve into the mystery and investigate it for ourselves, becoming inspired by the complexity as opposed to intimidated by it.  He begins the lecture by discussing and clarifying Emptiness as a foundation for the Diamond Sutra.  He describes how we should approach studying Emptiness and how we can understa...

Chan Meditation Center English Sunday Dharma Talk - Reflecting the Diamond Sutra -1 Talk By Gilbert Gutierrez

This lecture is an introduction to the Diamond Sutra, and is the first of 4 lectures in the Reflecting the Diamond Sutra series. The Sanskrit name for the Diamond Sutra is Vajracchedika Prajnaparamita Sutra. Vajra is a weapon, but can also be translated as diamond or thunderbolt. The sutra is so named because diamond can cut through illusions to get to the ultimate reality. The Diamond Sutra is one of the most powerful Buddhist sutras that is also one of the most difficult to talk about. This...

Chan Meditation Center English Sunday Dharma Talk - The Heart of Chan: Exploring Mind via Mahaprajna Paramita -3 Talk By Gilbert Gutierrez

On October 4, 2020, Gilbert presented an omnibus view on Buddha dharma. Gilbert did not just give us a little flavor of different things.  He explicated many extremely important and esoteric concepts of Mahayana in one and a half hours. He showed us the key to the door of realization(s). After a thorough study of this lecture, I feel as though I have been awarded the three Jewels: the Buddha, the Dharma, and the Sangha.  I learned that proper contemplation leads one’s mind to ...

Chan Meditation Center English Sunday Dharma Talk - The Heart of Chan: Exploring Mind via Mahaprajna Paramita -2 Talk By Gilbert Gutierrez

What I am attracted to in the lecture is the sincere and clear style. I feel the spirit and wisdom coupled with the compassion that shows the power of the teacher who can see through things and phenomena.   It is the esoteric experience of the heart. We all have buddha nature inside us.     From the lecture, I am learning to harmonize with the environment. see things as they are, what is real.  Turn the mind's eye inward, look inside. Try to allow all notion...

Chan Meditation Center English Sunday Dharma Talk - The Heart of Chan: Exploring Mind via Mahaprajna Paramita -1 Talk By Gilbert Gutierrez

      On September 20, 2020, at the Chan Meditation Center via Zoom, Master Gilbert delivered his first Dharma talk from a series of “The Heart of Chan.”  This lecture is about the early development, theory, and history about Mahayana. It serves as an overture of what Gilbert is going to cover for the next few weeks: historically, doctrinally, and practice.          Gilbert opened his lecture by telling...

Chan Meditation Center English Sunday Dharma Talk - Chan 101-2 by Gilbert Gutierrez

This is the 2nd lecture by Gilbert Gutierrez on Chan 101, hosted by Chan Meditation Center (CMC). In this 50 minutes’ presentation, Gilbert presented us both historically and doctrinally,  what is Chan in relationship to knowing what is mind and the unique nature of mind, and the exoteric and the esoteric ways of Chan practice.    Although the word “Chan” originated from China, it could be traced back to the very beginning, when the Buddha twirled the fl...

Chan Meditation Center English Sunday Dharma Talk - Chan 101-1 by Gilbert Gutierrez

This lecture by Gilbert Gutierrez is the first in a series of five, which provides a synopsis on meditation suitable for both beginners and more advanced Chan practitioners.    Gilbert stresses how Right View in practice--Pratītyasamutpāda (causes and conditions never fail)--is absolutely critical. He explains that appearances in meditation are there precisely because we put them there. In meditation, we should thus focus on contemplating the method to “stop mind that desi...

My heartfelt experience participating in an ordination ceremony

I could feel the wild thumping of my heart the moment I made my `first’ formal step on the red carpet of the Main Hall. The simplicity of the Main Hall with an ambiance of reverence took my breath away even though I had rehearsed numerous times for this ceremony. I was overcame with feelings that I have never experienced before; this was even more daunting than giving a piano recital given the fact that the number of people indoor was limited. After days of training with additional r...

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 at Dharma Drum Mountain and contributing weekly to the English Meditation and Discussion group, I have no doubt in the teachings of the Buddha. I strive to live in accordance with the Dharma because I believe that by doing so, the quality of my life will improve.    I am grateful for ...

{Sharing} Wisdom from the Shurangama Sutra in Daily Life: Contemplating Our Sensory Experiences

By Tom Kaczmarski Rebecca Li's lecture, "Wisdom from the Shurangama Sutra in Daily Life: Contemplating Our Sensory Experiences ", is an example of Rebecca's ability to relate, what at first seem complex and abstract Buddhist concepts, to regular day to day life.  I highly recommend the video recording* of the talk on the Dharma Drum Chan Meditation Centre Vancouver website, but for now let me touch on what were highlights for me. Recognising that an hour and ...

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