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Preface
Put everything down Letnothought arise.
Biography of Master Hsuan Hua
1. Why Investigate Chan?
When thoughts cease, confusion ends
Freedom over birth and death is freedomtocome and go
Meditation and samadhi are vital toourDharma-body
Sitting long brings Chan, which cleansesand purifies the mind
2. What is Chan?
Twirling a flower, the Buddha revealedthemind-to-mind seal
Only quiet contemplation caninitiate Chan
Thought cultivation eliminates falsethinking
Silencing the mind reveals our wisdom
The flavor of lightness and ease isinfinitely wonderful
3. Ten Benefits of Chan
Ten benefits of Chan are gained fromproper practice
4a. How to Investigate Chan, SittingMeditation
The vajra posture quells demons
Full-lotus posture makes it easytoentersamadhi
Sweet dew cures many illnesses
Subduing guest-dust afflictions is likeletting muddy water settle
Investigate Chan while walking, standing,sitting and reclining
Concentrate! Persevere!
Sit like a big bell Walklikealightbreeze.
As skill increases, afflictionsdecrease
Sitting in meditation is like unravelingasilken cocoon
Sit perfectly still
4b. How to Investigate Chan, theMeditationTopic
Fighting poison with poison, a false thought stops false thoughts
Go with care. Avoid demonicpossession
Concentrate on a single meditationtopic
If you are apart from this, youhavegoneamiss
Sweep away all dharmas Separatefromallmarks.
Contemplate at ease to find wisdom
When we gain the One, allthingsare done
5. The States of Chan
The States of the Four Dhyanas
Demonic power causes you tothinkofretreating
States may be false or true
As soon as you cultivate the spiritualpath,demons will appear
If we awaken to what we see, we cantranscend the mundane world
With samadhi power, weneednotfeardemons
By neither hurrying nor slacking off, wewill succeed
Do not be moved by sounds
Do not harbor thoughts of hatred and love
No matter what happens, remaininunmoving suchness
6. The Koans of Chan
A Golden Pagoda, a Silver Pagoda,aMuddy Heap
Seeking a method to avoid death
Enlightenment must be certified beforeitcounts
How Chan meditation can halt the processof birth and death
The mind of Elder Master Wei Shan didnotmove
An old monk in meditation is worth tenthousand taels of gold
Chan Meditation – ItisHard!ItisEasy!
Neither coming nor going
The Three Cart Patriarch
Cast aside birth and death
7. Questions and Answers onChan
8. Verses on Chan and ChanPotential
Clue about Chan Samadhi
Wonderful Truth In Us All
Topple Mount Sumeru
An Intensive Course
Playing a Flute Without Holes
Vajra Seed to Bodhi Sprout
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Master Hua - Chan Handbook

Master Hua - Chan Handbook

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Published by Sarvajnamitra
Not everyone is fortunate enough to attend a meditation retreat with a Chan master, yet everyone can benefit from this handbook that explains the essential principals of chan meditation as taught by the late Tripitika Master Hsuan Hua, former instructor at Nan Hua Monastery in Canton, China, the bodhimanda of the Sixth Patriarch Hui Neng. Compiled from Chinese and translated into English, these talks span a 40 year period during retreats in China and America.
Not everyone is fortunate enough to attend a meditation retreat with a Chan master, yet everyone can benefit from this handbook that explains the essential principals of chan meditation as taught by the late Tripitika Master Hsuan Hua, former instructor at Nan Hua Monastery in Canton, China, the bodhimanda of the Sixth Patriarch Hui Neng. Compiled from Chinese and translated into English, these talks span a 40 year period during retreats in China and America.

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