Monday, September 16, 2013

定戒慧

聽說和尚有三百戒,尼姑則有五百戒。不用說那麼多戒了。單單三毒二邪這五戒,都已經讓我焦頭爛額了。。

每一個起心動念,都得要觀,要覺,要參,要醒,要清。。無論大小,時時刻刻。真的是戰戰兢兢。。

戒定慧的頭一字就是戒。怪不得一般小和尚一開始就的乖乖的提水,澆花,砍柴,煮飯。連剃頭,袈裟,誦經,禮佛,不也都是為了『戒』嗎?

最近,參到了一件事。就是師父教導我們的,不是『戒定慧』,而是『定戒慧』。

唯有禪定,才能身心清淨,才『戒』得了。

師父不是教過,『清淨戒』嗎?一旦清淨就全戒了。

呃,有道理,感恩師父。。

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Bloodstream Sutra

Dear All,

As our Teacher said repeatedly, "we meet our self nature, when we constantly see a white light emitting from our heart chakra."

Below I have translated Bloodstream Sutra by Bodhidharma relating to "seeing the light" for your reference.

With palms together,
JM
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若夢中頻見異境,輒 不用 疑,皆是自心起故,不從外來。夢若見光明出現,過於日輪,即餘習頓盡,法界性見。

若有此事,即是成道之因。唯自知,不可向人說。或靜園林中行住坐臥,眼見光明,或大或小,莫與人說,亦不得取,亦是自性光明。

或夜靜暗中行住 坐臥,眼睹光明,與晝無異,不得怪,並是自心欲明顯。

或夜夢中見星月分明,亦自心諸緣欲息,亦不得向人說。夢若昏昏,猶如陰暗中行,亦是自心 煩惱障重,亦自知。

若見本性,不用讀經念佛,廣學多知無益,神識轉昏。

設教只為標心;若識心,何用看教?

If, as in a dream, you see a light brighter than the sun, your remaining habits will suddenly come to an end and the nature of reality will be revealed.

Such an occurrence serves as the basis for enlightenment. But this is something only you know. You can't explain it to others. Or if, while you're walking, standing, sitting, or lying in a quiet grove, you see a light, regardless of whether it's bright or dim, don't tell others and don't attach on it. It's the light of your self nature.
Or if, while you're walking, standing, sitting, or lying in the stillness and darkness of night, everything appears as though in daylight, don't be startled. It's your self nature about to reveal itself.
Or if, while you're dreaming at night, you see the moon and stars in all their clarity, it means the workings of your attachments are about to end. But don't tell others. And if your dreams aren't clear, as if you were walking in the dark, because your mind is masked by worries. This too is something you would know.
If you meet your self nature, you don't need to read sutras or chant Buddhas. Erudition and Knowledge are not only useless but also cloud your inner divine. Doctrines are only for pointing to the heart. Once you know your heart, why pay attention to doctrines?


Thursday, June 6, 2013

The science of Chan

Dear All,

As I mentioned, Chan is ALL and ONE. It means Chan can be applied to
everything and can be explained by all logic. The entire world is
Chan. Below is my interpretation of the science of Chan.

As we know, the sun, moon and earth are bonded by some form of energy.
The plants, animals and humans are bonded by some form of energy so that
it could live. In this world, there is no need of languages.
Everything grows and dies naturally. Everything is driven by energy.
And everything is in harmony. This harmony, this balance, we called
wisdom. Chan is the life force and wisdom of this universe.

As we all know, Chan is taught without words. It is so because Chan
needs to be experienced, and it can not be studied or analyzed. It needs
to be felt, connected, sensed, synced and witnessed. Therefore Chan, or
true dharma, is formless by nature and it is also empty by nature.
Because energy is real time and formless. Chan is also real time. Once
we lost our focus to the present moment, we lost our connection to Chan.

There are two distinct domains. One domain is the energy world, where
everything manifests naturally and automatically through cause and
effect. The other domain is a domain of languages for describing the
energy domain. This language domain does not intersect with the energy
domain. This language domain is empty, filled with interpretations, and
often hinders us from being connected to the energy domain.

To practice Chan, to experience Chan, to witness Chan, to obtain its
wisdom, we need to be totally in sync with this universal energy (chi)
and wisdom with our entire body, mind and spirit. Everything else is
just our mental construct.

Therefore it is essential that we begin our meditation by cultivating our chi.

For your reference.

Thank you for your time.

with palms together,
JM

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Inner Divine II

Hi Joe,

Well since you asked me to go on...  (Thank you)

Therefore Buddha nature is not a just mental condition, or a flashy phenomenon.  It needs to be a consistent state of being.  And once it is in charge, it involves our entire being, physical, mental and spiritual.  All three parts will be harmonized, integrated and work in unison.  So much so, it even extends beyond ourselves to each sentient being we encounter with at each moment.

Buddha Nature needs energy for it to be powerful.  Without Chi(qi) there is no power. With energy, its sensibility enhances.  It becomes all knowing.  It also can manifest in unison with the energy of the universe to harmonize all phenomena.  Many label this universal energy, "love".

In essence, this wisdom, this loving kindness, this power are one of the same, can not be separated.  Some call it God.  Some call it Buddha.  Some call it Allah.  We are, by nature, it.  There is no need to analyze it, practice it, study it, master it, or discuss it.  Just meditate properly, it will shine through.

Buddha Nature is a spiritual state simply can not be described by words.  After all, it is our Inner Divine.

Hope you like it.
JM


On 6/4/2013 7:49 AM, Joe wrote:
 

JM,

Yes? Go on.

--Joe

Monday, June 3, 2013

Inner Divine

The practice of Chan is to let our Inner Divine unfold.

The same as the Outer Divine, our inner divine is all knowing, all
loving and all powerful.

When our inner divine is in charge of our lives, we would know it all,
love all and be all powerful.

This inner divine, in Buddhist terms, is called Buddha nature.

Friday, May 31, 2013

Our practice to reach enlightenment

Hi Mike and Bill,

Thank you for your interest.

To reach enlightenment in this life requires us to purify our physical, mental and spiritual hindrances.  Our practice is just meditation.  The basic technique is cover in this book.  http://www.amazon.com/Destress-Energize-Awaken-Through-Meditation/dp/1456466410/

Through this practice, we redirect our mind to focus on our internal organs.  This way it helps us to rejuvenate our health and thus purify our physical self.  As we deepen this practice, our "awareness" and "focus" is enhanced, while our "thinking mind" is gradually reduced.  Our "awareness" to the state of our physical body, mind, spirit and everything around us will tell us what needs to be done.  Our "focus" enable us to carry it out.  Both "awareness and focus" are components of our spirit, embedded in our heart.

Usually after six months of meditation, as the mind drops away and body is purified, the practitioner will feel the chi circulating in his body, as well as the vibration from nature.  Gradually he transforms his physical entity into an energy entity.  Then from energy entity to a spiritual entity.

When he is ready to receive, Shifu would transmit Buddha Heart Imprint.  How does that feel?  Mark Troxell, recipient of this lineage treasure described here..  http://heartchan.org/index.php/item/66-heart-to-heart-transmission

As to Bill's question, how do we initiate newbies to this practice.  We begin with two ten-fifteen minute sessions, begins with belly breathing, then chakra focusing.  Let them be connected with the state of their body first.  Implement with Motion Chan exercise, which will stretch open all major meridians.  (Our practice is based on the same principles as acupuncture. Just do it without a needle.)

Usually in three years, when the practitioner can circulate the chi three times through all three chi channels and ten chakras, then the practitioner has purify his body.  He would not get sick anymore.  Or in other language, surpassed his physical hindrance.  This is how we assess the progress.  Then his is on his way to purify his mind.

Let me know if you have any other question.

About Chan

Hi Bill,

Thank you for asking..  Below are my comments for your reference..  I have read this article awhile back..

Chan by definition is One and ALL.  Meaning it is the absolute dharma applicable to ALL things - body, mind and spirit.  As well as it can answer every question written in the sutra and bible.   In other words, with a simplest practice, it can rejuvenate our body, clear our mind and let our spirit shine by eliminating all karma.  And at the end of it all, our spirit will stop reincarnating.  We will be in heaven.

Most of the Chan teachings by an unenlightened master, stops at the mind level, because they don't have the spiritual power to help people to eliminate their karma.  This article ends at the mind level.  For most of the people, if one can achieve ego-less, it would already deserve celebration, because the world will be a better place.  This is what we call "Chan Living", or everyday Chan. Living by fulfilling each moment.  But you still reincarnate.

Most of the Chan teachings does not cover the spiritual practice, because it deals with lights, chi and abstract phenomena.  Yet, once you experience consistent phenomena with lights and chi, you will know they are the actual causes of everything.  The world is really run by energy.  In other worlds, the spiritual practice is the practice dictating our body and mind.  Fundamental Chan practice is a spiritual practice.  If you recall, seven or eight years ago, when I first join the forum, I asked, "is there spirituality in Zen?"

BTW, how do we know whether a person is enlightened or not?  The proof is in his dead body.  If he dies at his preferred time without sickness, and there are relics after he was cremated, then he is enlightened.

My Shifu said, "the parents of all my disciple, even though they do not practice, they still will have relics when they die."  I have witnessed that every time.

In short, I like to suggest to the forum, instead of using your mind to judge whether you wanted to try our way of meditation or not, just try it diligently for six months, then you shall experience.  There is nothing worth any of us to hang on too, or to hold them with our life.   Chan is taught beyond words and through transmission.

Chan is about direct experience of ALL things.  Using our mind to filter or discriminate only narrows our scope resulting in practice with our mind and not our spirit.  Let our spirit soar and be free.

Wisdom

When we have wisdom, we would see Chan in every phenomena, every logic, every event and every sentient being.

We would be in sync with the cause and effect of everything in each moment.

We would be one with the universe, both in form and formless.

We no longer need to agree or disagree, because we would know EACH has a reason to exist in the universe,  based each particular perspectives and causes.

We would be compassionate, accepting and always in peace within ourselves as well as with everyone around us.

Formed Dharma

Dear Mike,

Everything that I posted, as well as, those from my Teacher and Buddha, and everything been discussed in this forum, are what we called in our school, as "formed dharma".  "Formed dharma" only describes the dharma and not the dharma itself.  Thus "formed dharma" are empty by nature.  Dharma itself is formless and can only be synced to, can not be understood, grasped, practiced, etc.

The word illusory been discussed so far really mean "do not attach to all forms and phenomena", because they are impermanent by nature, thus empty.  Yet during their short life span, they still existed.  I believe that's what Edgar's "reality" mean.

Most of these discussions are on par.  Because each of us are attached to a particular logic and definition, that's why we have these discussion.  The key to discuss is not whether I am right and you are wrong.  But is to see the truth is everything that is posted here in the forum.

Each of us are right from our own perspective.  Chan is to see all perspectives and not just our own.

After all, opinions are empty, illusory forms in the first place.

By saying everything is Chan, I meant to say that all forms and formlessness existed in the world are caused by the wisdom and life force of the universe.  When we are ONE with it, we will be able to accept it, understand it, see its wisdom, feel its life force and fulfill it, at each moment.  When we are separate, then we loose our connection with it, then we are driven by our ego.