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Teaching of Chan

In Chan, there are two specific teachings that even if taken literally , they are well defined and very expressive . One teaches that " The Thorough Examination of the Super - Ego is simply to identify the Buddha Nature " and the other teaches that " The Understanding of Buddha Nature via Sudden Enlightenment is certainly possible. "

In reality, however , the clarity and expressiveness of these teachings , cannot be successfully expressed in any language , and these teachings often turn out to be incomprehensible and unreal.

A famous example is the main teaching of Chan , which is hardly understood by anyone and says :

The Teaching of Chan is " no obsession on words " [Chin.: bù lì wénzì 不立文字] and rejects any form of writing as a means of transmitting its Principles , which indicates that the Chan practitioner seeks enlightenment through direct experience.

«The path to virtue lies in the heart , not the mouth.»
Master Shi Yan Zhuo [Chin.: shìyánzhuó dàshī 釋延卓大师 | 1965 - ?]

The Masters of the past , made clear that there is no written language in the entire world that can carry and promote the whole Meaning of Truth that is revealed by the Teaching . Therefore , the Teaching suggests that the written language or a piece of writing can not be used as a means of understanding the essense of the truth revealed by it.

«Chan seeks enlightenment . For this reason no-one should talk about Chan. You just have to experience it.»
Master Shi Yong Po [ Chinese .: Shìyǒngpō 释永坡 | 1926 -]

The Path of Chan Cultivation emphasizes on traditional patriarchal custom of orthodox teaching transmission [Chinese .: Zhèngfǎ 正法 Dharma] from a great master to the next, from heart to heart.

Bodhi Dharma [ Chinese .: Dámó zǔshī 达摩祖师], the Patriarch of Shaolin , began to preach the teachings of Chan in China , "targeting the human heart so that one can see his own nature and reach enlightenment. Without being limited to words , but to teaching beyond the status quo. "

It came to us through the second Patriarch DaZu HuiKe [ Chinese .: Dàzǔ Huìkě 大祖慧可 | 487 ~ 593 CC ] , the third Patriarch Tsientsi Seng Chan [Chin.: Jiànzhì sēngcàn 鉴智僧璨 | 526 - 606 CC ] , the 4th Patriarch Da Yi Dao Xin [Chin.: dàyī Dàoxìn 大医道信 | 580 ~ 651 CC ] , the 5th Patriarch Da Man Hung Ren ​​[ Chin.: dàmǎn Hóngrěn 大满弘忍 | 601 ~ 674 CC ] , the 6th Patriarch Da Jian Hui Neng [Chin.: dàjiàn Huìnéng 大鉴慧能 | 638 ~ 713 CC ] and the other masters of future generations. Patriarchs shaped Continuous Lineage [Chin.: Fǎ mài xiāng chéng 法脉相承], while the Teaching itself goes from heart to heart.

«You need to transmit the teaching in silence , as it was transmitted in this way from previous generations , like I 'm transmitting it to you , without explanation , without philosophy , but from silence to silence. This is the teaching transmittion method of our ancestors.»
Master – Sokei-An Sigketsou Sasaki [ Chinese .: Cáoxīān 曹渓庵 | 1882 - 1945 CC ] interpretation of the Platform Sutra [Chin.: Liù zǔ tán jīng 六祖坛经], from 6th Patriarch Hui Neng .

The principle of «sudden enlightenment» that was taught widely from Hui Neng is the only correct approach to gain access to the Truth of Teaching. In the Platform Sutra [Chin.: Liù zǔ tán jīng 六祖坛经] , Patriarch Hui Neng proposes a central idea , which can serve as a guide for those who are committed to the study of Chan , "no thinking as a basic principle , without form as its essense and no obsession as its fundamental principle "[ Chin.: wú niàn wèi zōng, wū xiāng wèi tǐ, wú zhù wéi běn 无念为宗, 无相为体, 无住为本]. The highest state of Chan is just «no thinking and no obsession» [Chin.: Wú niàn wú zhù 无念无住].

«Chan is «inherent transcendence» [Chin.: Nèizài chāoyuè 内在超越] that is experienced through the practice of life. Chan 's study is more than just meditating in the Meditation Hall.»
Venerable Shi Yong Xin [Chin.: Shì Yǒngxìn Făshī 释永信法师 | 1965 ~]

Sharing Words...

It is the bounden duty of every human being to develop love towards other human beings.

Master Shi Yan Zhuo [Chin.: shìyánzhuó dàshī 釋延卓大师 | 1965 - ?]