Sunday, July 24, 2011

一剎那

各位師兄師姐大家早,

套一句David師兄的慣用語,我有小小的心得與大家分享。。

佛經上常常提醒我們要觀心念。。。

。。。當我們『心隨境轉』,就『念念相繼』。。而陷入『輪迴』。。 所以要『無所住而生心』。。

事實上,當我們沒事的時候,我們的心是沒太大的浮動的。。

而心念的挑戰,卻是常常就在哪『一剎那』,毫無準備的時候。。。。當碰到黃燈的時候。。當乾杯的時候。。。當下注的時候。。當求婚的時候,當 答應與拒絕之間的時候,
當人們三嘴六舌的時候,當看人討厭的時候,當不堪入耳的時候,在火爆如雷的時候,在愛得頭昏的時候,在哪真正要緊關頭,沒時間思考的 時候,必須立即反應的時候。

我們的心,常常就在這些影響力之下,被轉得七上八下,暈頭轉向,不知如何是好。而常常就在倉促之間做下了錯誤的決定,而因此轉變了我們的命 運。這是大家都有過經驗的。

佛家說,這些心裡浮起來的影響力,外來的,人們與環境的影響力,都叫做業力。

修行就是為了讓我們,能夠安全地度過我們人生中,一直不斷的『一剎那』。大家都準備好了嗎?

用修行人的語言來說,我們要注意的時候是,起了分別心的時候,把佛看成眾生的時候,用意識心來生活的時候,埋沒了慈悲心與智慧心的時候。

所以,事實上,我們是一刻也不能偷懶,鬆懈,僥倖,或自以為。。我們得時時刻刻在定中,在禪中,在離相之中,與佛相印之中。因為隨時隨地,一 切事情,都在那最關鍵的時候,在『一剎那』之間發生。。。。

大家一起來努力吧。。
精明合十頂禮。。

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Words..

It is said, all written words, sutra/bible/koran, are for our convenience.  Convenience for us to be awakened from within.  They are like boats to ferry us across the other shore, the shore beyond our habits, additions, believes, logic, dogma, faith, etc.

Once we landed, or had a peak through our own delusions, these boats, big or small, dumb or smart, are to be left behind, instead of being carried in our mind.  So that we can continue on with our journey.

Too often, we hold them dearly, as golden rules, as absolute.  Then we are blinded by them and fail to "see" the truth of every encounter, loose the wisdom of the moment to deliver our fulfillment, as well as disconnect from the calling of within, which is boundless compassion and true sense of life's purpose.

My teacher often reminds me, stay within your heart, sync with the
life force and wisdom of each moment.  Thus you could be unaffected by all forms at every moment, and "see" clearly the manifestation of cause and effect.

JM

Monday, July 18, 2011

Secular practice

There are two sayings among our practitioners. The first one is a bit harsh.. "How could you be Buddha, if you could not even be a good human?"

The second one is from the sutra, "Fulfilling our secular responsibility is the prerequisite to spiritual enlightenment."

If we can not "see" the wisdom in every encounter/incident/phenomena in lives around us, then we are living in separation from the truth. If we don't accept ALL as is -- still picking and choosing -- then we still are living in a dream constructed by our dualistic mind.

The objective of Sitting Chan is to be enlightened to the truth of the universe, not into some exotic realm unrelated to the purpose of our lives.

Yes, true enlightenment does uncover the super power within us. But it is merely for undertaking more karma more efficiently for all sentient beings.

None of any of these is for our personal gain. In fact, there is nothing to gain and a lot to loose. :-)
JM

On 7/13/2011 3:17 AM, Mel wrote:
Hello Anthony, BII, and all

That's quite ok if you find some kind inspiration or kick from what you refer to as the illogical or irrational side of zen/Zen. Personally, I don't promote, or support such ideas. To me, they're just extras I don't really need myself

Somebody made quite a serious mistake with me today, and the fact that it was someone I trusted made the whole experience feel like a big kick in the gut. Nevertheless, one of my first reactions was...keep posture and head straight, chin in, and breath. It wasn't easy due to all sorts of dualistic notions going through my head, but I did it. Writing on paper or typing things up on cyber-space concerning any of my daily dramas are often therapeutic, although this is most dualistic. The better thing to do is head up, spine straight, and breath. Not easy, but quite possible

The above is one kind of example I mean when I keep refering to zen and its connection with daily life. To hear stories such as....

..'A sat in zazen posture. B asked A what he was doing, and A said,"I want to be Buddha". B started polishing a tile. A asked B what he was doing, and B said,"I'm trying to make a jewel", and A responded,"How can you make a jewel with that tile?", and B responded,"How do you become Buddha by zazen?"........

....is not really my cup of tea. Each and everyday that goes by gives me more than enough 'koan' to fill my need to be near Buddha

in Buddha's grace, Mel

Words, dharma & school

As you know, Chan is taught without words or formalities. After 49 years, Buddha said that he did not say a single word. Why is that?

Chan is the totality of all concepts and no concept. Chan is the entirety and wholeness of the universe and is emptiness in nature.

All dharma once spoken is no longer dharma. All truth once explained is no longer complete.

If I may emphasize for your reference, every school has its logic, approach and effectiveness. Each is different because of karma. It is also because of karma that each of us enters a different school. Yet at the same time, we and school are both just forms.

All discrimination against any concept, school or comment from practitioner is resulted from our own attachment to forms. In this case, the forms of words, logic and dharma. It is just our ego at work and not our Buddha Nature.

Instead of looking into the forms containing all the impermanence, incompleteness and relativity, it is our practice to look deeper into their hearts and intentions piercing through the man made inefficient tool of language.

At the end, you may just find that we are no different from the other. Each is our mirror.

Just my opinion for your reference,
JM

Self Nature

Hello Mayka,

Other than the list of names you wrote, please add Steve to the list and also yell at Edgar. Especially Edgar, he has been too quiet for too long.

Words are descriptions of dharma and not the dharma itself. By saying what is and what is not in words, often we hinder the journey of others, which accordingly to a famous Chinese folklore, will place us into a wild fox for 500 generations. :-)

Our tradition's main emphasis is a practice. By focusing on our "heart" to sync the "heart" of the universe, we shall witness self nature. Our practitioners has also witness the heart to be the core, the chi, the center, the essence, the love, the current, the energy, the big chakra, the conduit, the whole being, the entirety, etc. Without a dedicated practice and experience, these labels will not surface. Similarly these labels are just empty descriptions to those who does not witness.

Self nature is just a set of characteristics of the universe embedded in everything. It integrates, balances, harmonizes, gives, grows, etc. Some call it Buddha nature. Some call it physics. Some call it Nature of our Father. It is just a set of characteristics.

However, witnessing self nature is still less than half of the journey. Fulfilling every act of awakening for oneself and others is needed to get deeper and broader in both wisdom and energy.

To be one and all at the same time is the realm to be reached.

Thank you for the opportunity to share.

For your reference,
JM

Our Nature Is Our Spirit

Good morning to all,

When we were born, we were all "child-like" -- free, easy, happy-go-lucky, healthy, etc.

As soon as we experienced that there were situations or people that could make us sad or hurt us, our defense system relative to these phenomena were constructed. Slowly our "child-like nature" is protected and shielded off from rest of the world. Slowly we became isolated more and more and we began to associate only with people had similar experiences.

While some school teaches to realize the emptiness of all phenomena through understanding, acceptance and rationalization by "seeing" the nature of all things, my Teacher taught us to "surpass", go beyond with our heart and elevate our spirit.

Surpass in our school, means to surpass our mind. Go beyond all understanding, acceptance and rationalization. How? When we are able to pump enough energy into our "child-like" heart, our heart will shine through the clouds of our mind. When our embedded natural spirit of compassion and wisdom in our heart are strong enough, we become fearless.

This is possible, as I have witnessed, if we practice with the kind of practice with ways and techniques to pump energy into our hearts.

Then all defense mechanism will automatically fall away and we could become child-like again. Our heart will be fearless and shine through all defense shields and be connected once again with every sentient being like a child, free, easy, happy and healthy. This is the true awakening of our "spirit", which is the "essence of true nature". We will then no longer be separated. We will be whole and complete with the universe.

This is why, Buddha taught no dharma. My Teacher constantly asked us to go beyond his words, let our hearts shine through and be in touch with our true nature, which is the nature of the universe.

This is why our words and my words are not important, but your practice is. The proper way to "Sit in Chan", or sit in the life's energy and wisdom of the universe is critically important.

Do not judge or filter. Follow your heart.

Thank you for your attention.
JMJM
Head Teacher
Order of Chan

Heart

Hi Maria,

It seems that you are now the only one mentioning "heart". Please let me support by making a few statements for those "heart-less" sentient beings in the forum. hahaha. :-) just having some fun.

Heart in our school carries two meanings. It is a label indicating a location in the middle of our chest to let our Self Nature unfold or to reach Kensho. It is where we will be in sync with the Nature of the Universe(satori). Heart in our school also means the essence of all phenomena visible and invisible. Hence the heart(the spirit or essence) within us is not difference from the heart of the universe.(the spirit or essence). They are one of the same. Therefore we call our "Heart Chan Practice" a pure spiritual practice.

Heart carries no memory, no knowledge nor does it analyze. Heart is pure chi, compassion and wisdom. Hence, heart makes no judgment and accept all phenomena as is. Heart is the direct connection to every moment. Heart could not function if otherwise. Heart is our Grand Central station as per Daniel.

As we integrate all chakras in our body into one, all chi channels into one. Our entire being integrates one. We become one heart or one spirit or one essence. (Actually it is rather abstract. Sorry.) Then we are able to sync with the heart of the universe. It is a gradual process and increases in frequency. Then suddenly our "heart", or "essence of our being" is completely in sync from the location of our heart to the "essence of the universe".

Throughout this journey, there is no need for the mind to appear. There is no need for thinking, understanding, debating, arguing. Just sit, as always emphasized by Bill.

Just sense and feel with the "heart". More often than not, once that occurs, the first reaction is usually tears. We call that, "you found home." :-)

JM

On 4/21/2011 8:01 AM, Maria Lopez wrote:

"No one can steal the heart as we all have it in us. We can only be awakened in the heart".

Mayka

Absolute Emptiness?

Dear Bill, Reba, Eileen, Gladys, Steve, KoMyo and All,

Thank you for taking the time to respond to my question, "whether there is spirituality in Zen". A bow to you all.

Let us begin by going to the basics first. Chan is the comprehensive name of the universe. It is an "invisible" life force manifesting and propagates ALL "visible" phenomena, including words and concepts created by human. The practice of Chan is to be in tune with this "everything in the universe".

In order for us to embark on this journey, we were taught the
"nature of emptiness" of everything and
just sit.

The first is to help us not to be affected by all the "visible and impermanent" manifestations, but not to reject or ignore anything. Too often we become attached to what we "know" and trapped in our own dictionary. The danger is, when we hear some term or concept foreign to our knowledge or experience, we judge them as being empty or of no value. If so we are attached to the concept of emptiness. My Teacher calls this "absolute emptiness". Emptiness is the "nature" of things, but not the things themselves.

The second practice of just sit is to help us to quiet our mind, so that our awareness can be enhances. But not be stuck in no mind. Stucking in no mind is also "absolute emptiness". When our awareness rises, we will notice our thoughts, our emotions, our spirituality, our physical conditions, our entire overall well being down to every little detail. Therefore, spirituality, emotions, minds, feelings and sensations are all part of Chan. Chan is about in tune with everything and not quieting or ignoring something. All separation, no matter now little, from life force or phenomena, is suffering. Mentally, to see the relativity and interdependence of everything is not hard. No word, or concept or living being can survive independent from others.

Then, how do we be in tune? Enhance our awareness is the only way. For two thousand years, HuangDi Neijing teaches that "awareness" is support by "chi". In other words, when we are tired, we will feel little and unable to focus. Scientifically, awareness is just energy synchronization. To progress in the invisible domain of energy does require dedicated practice. In order to synchronize our own life energy internally with the same life energy of the universe externally, meditate diligently by purifying our mental hindrance, (everything we know), physical hindrance(dirty chi) and spiritual hindrances(our karma) is the only way.

Then, no matter how foreign the subject, how strange our sensations, we can be in tune with it. After all, there is a reason for the existence of every phenomenon. Though they are empty by nature, they are nevertheless manifested by some life force. And they will continue to propagate as causes and effects.

Thus, my Teacher said, "there is exquisite existence in empty forms."

Thank you for your time for reading this.

師父的鼓勵。。

師兄您好,

嘿嘿~我有把您的email呈給師父看~
師父說:"很好~我們是大乘佛法,本就該這樣,要開悟、要有使命感、要承擔~~很好~~"

大蓮合十

----- Original Message ----- From: "Jue Miao Jing Ming - 覺妙精明" <chan.jmjm@gmail.com>
To: <HeartChan@googlegroups.com>
Sent: Wednesday, August 11, 2010 2:06 AM
Subject: 小小感悟

各位師兄師姐午安,

以下是我的近幾天來的,小小感悟,與同修分享。。

身似海中
心為眾生心,
圓滿覺他行,
當下證菩提。

精明合十

Friday, July 1, 2011

抱著佛腳看眾生

為什麼看到的都是眾生?因為看到的,只有眾生的無明。
為什麼見到的都是佛,因為見到的都是心與性。
佛是來讓我們成就的。沒有眾生,哪有佛。佛與眾生,一無分別。

自己是唯一的眾生,不是他人。他人都是佛。
了悟不到眾生的名相,因為轉在法相裡。

更糟的是抱著佛腳看眾生。
千萬不要如此。