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How Should One Approach Daily Meditation Practices?

SHIH-FU: You know you want to benefit from daily practice, but you don't know how to go about doing it. First, you should have a proper mental attitude towards practice. Second, you should know and use a method. Before you practice your method, it is important that your body and mind be relaxed. But you might not know how to relax then. In trying you might even become more tense; or you might relax so much you fall asleep. Both extremes are wrong. That's why a proper me...

The Attitude for Practicing Chan ( I )

  There is Nothing That Must Be Done While Chan practitioners and non-practitioners share a common humanity, they have some fundamentally different attitudes. Something that appears to be of utmost importance to a non-practitioner may also be important to one who practices Chan, but not critical.   In other words, from the standpoint of responsibility and conscience, if something should be done, but causes and conditions do not allow it, then not doing it may...

The Attitude for Practicing Chan ( II )

There is Nothing that Must Belong to You  Causes and conditions are outside of one's control and depend on the time and the environment. Therefore, there is really nothing that must belong to you, and that must be done by you. When it is feasible to do something, give your best effort to do it, but if it can't be done there is no need to be too disappointed or care too much about it.   There are two lines from the Diamond Sutra on the wall at Nung Chan Monaste...