Hoofprint of the Ox: Principles of the Chan Buddhist Path as by Chan Master Sheng Yen (Author), Daniel B. Stevenson

By Chan Master Sheng Yen (Author), Daniel B. Stevenson (Contributor)

Respected through Buddhists within the usa and China, modern grasp Sheng-yen stocks his knowledge and teachings during this first finished English primer of Chan, the chinese language culture of Buddhism that encouraged eastern Zen. frequently misunderstood as a process of brain video games, the Chan direction includes a means of self-transformation grounded in conscientiously hewn non secular disciplines and premises. grasp Sheng-yen presents an unparalleled realizing of Chan, its precepts, and its perform. starting with a uncomplicated assessment of Buddhism and meditation, the ebook then info the revolutionary psychological workouts frequently via all Buddhists. often called the 3 Disciplines, those tactics boost ethical purity, meditative focus, and enlightening perception throughout the "stilling" of the brain. grasp Sheng-yen then expounds Chan Buddhism, recounting its centuries-old background in China and illuminating its basic tenets. He contemplates the character of Buddhahood, specifies the actual and psychological necessities for starting Chan perform, and humbly considers what it ability to be an enlightened Chan grasp.

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10 Caoshan responded by simply lifting his tea tray. "12 This approach is what Chan tradition calls "direct pointing to the nature of mind," namely, using the moment to yank away the student's blinders and attachments and directly reveal the enlightenment at hand. Of course, this by no means implies that Chan, as a religious path, is wholly without form or procedure. Quite the contrary, Chan also has its basic institutions, its requisite conditions, and its procedures for practice, which are fully as intensive as the "gradual" approach.

For the Lotus the phrase was "Na~mofo~hia \M\~ shangjo p'u-sa" ("Homage to the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas of the Lotus io Hoofprint of the Ox Assembly"); for the Avatamsaka it was "Na-mo hua-yen hai-huifo p'u-sa" ("Homage to the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas of the Ocean-like Wisdom of the Avatamsaka"). This I did through the whole sutra. After prostrating for five hours I would meditate. On other occasions I practiced reciting Amitabha Buddhas name. From the time I started the retreat my mind was very calm and settled, never restless.

Anutpattika), or the "true nature of all dharmas" (S. sarvadbarmabhutata). However, one must always view these expressions in keeping with the actual import of the Mahayana teaching of emptiness, wherein the true nature or true character of all things is, in fact, no characteristic, no nature. Dharma Totally Embodied and the Totally Forgotten: Emptiness in the Absolute or Highest Sense It is easy to think that such expressions as "the unconditioned or unarisen nature of dharmas," "suchness," and "genuine emptiness" refer to some metaphysical essence separate from or hidden beneath the phenomenal world with which we are familiar.

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