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DM Chi Hoi - Bodhidharmas Meditation for Settling the Mind

DM Chi Hoi - Bodhidharmas Meditation for Settling the Mind

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Bodhidharma’s Meditation for Settling the Mind
With a hands-on manual for beginners
From the lecture series of Master Chi Hoi
Translated by his disciples Hui-deng and Hui-yee
All rights reserved for Master Chi Hoi of the Buddhist Wisdom Lecture Hall 1339-38
 Avenue San Francisco, CA 94122 www.bwlh.org
Translator’s Preface
The ancient Zen ideal of settling the mind has never been as crucial as it is in today’s frenzied world. While many in the West may be familiar with elements of Japanese Zen, contributions from the vast Chinese tradition have been comparatively rare. The Venerable Master Chi Hoi, a Mahayana scholar and  practitioner of both the Pure Land school and the Tien-t’ai school, approaches Chinese Buddhism from an uncommonly modern and liberal perspective. As a sample of his work, the principal lecture here focuses on Bodhidharma’s Meditation -- the meditative methods taught by the twenty-eighth patriarch of the Indian dhyana lineage, who became the first patriarch of the Chinese Ch’an school and who is revered in Japan as Bodhidharuma. Though Bodhidharma’s principle of sudden enlightenment is indeed a part of mainstream East Asian Buddhism, his teachings and instructions for practice are slightly less known, likely because many of them are recorded only in the Chinese Buddhist tradition. The present work is an endeavor to share some of this valuable knowledge with Western readers. “Bodhidharma’s Meditation” begins by introducing the concepts of “mind” and “meditation” from a Buddhist perspective and follows with explorations of specific mental states as defined by the Ideas-only
school. After a brief history of the transmission of Theravada meditation and an overview on the evolution of Mahayana meditation, the lecture provides a detailed explanation of the four methods espoused by Bodhidharma. Sprinkled throughout, too, are anecdotes from

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