Chan Newsletter

June 29, 1994 

Dreaming and Waking

(Lecture given by Master Sheng-yen on June 24, 1979, edited by Douglas Sipp.) Today I would like to speak about dreams. The Buddha described the consciousness of our life awake as essentially similar to what we normally refer to as dreams. This may be difficult to accept, especially for someone who is leading a contented life. No one likes to be awakened from a pleasant dream, let alone be told that that's all their life amounts to.more

March 29, 1994 

Open Letter from Master Sheng-yen

Dear Reader: This is my first open letter to you, and it marks the 100th issue of the Ch'an Newsletter. I hope you will join me in the celebration of this important milestone. We published the first issue in November 1979. At that time I was in New York in a small one-story building with one disciple, Paul Kennedy. We had some difficulty in coming up with the $400 rent. Nevertheless, we started our publications as soon as we could, because we wanted others to benefit from authentic Ch'an teachingmore

 

Instructions for the Seven-day Meditation Retreat (2)

(Morning and Noon Talks by Master Sheng-yen during December 26 to December 31, 1992. Translated by J. C. Cleary.) The Fourth Day -- Putting Aside the Self. The concept of "self' can have a large or small scope. It includes the small self of the individual ego, and it also includes the total being, the whole being, the so-called Great Self of the absolute truth and God. Ch'an practitioners must put all of this aside. more

December 29, 1993 

Instructions for the Seven-day Meditation Retreat (1)

(Morning and Noon Talks by Master Sheng-yen during December 26 to December 31, 1992. Translated by J. C. Cleary.) THE FIRST DAY -- Concepts and Methods of Ch'an Practice. There are two essential points in cultivation: the concept and the method. If you can grasp them clearly, then you are sure to derive power from practice. So please follow the master's instructions. I'll explain the proper approach to the concepts and method of practice.more

July 29, 1993 

Ch’an: Thus Come, Thus Gone

(Lecture given by Master Sheng-yen on the Surangama Sutra on November 4, 1990.) Ch'an is "thus come, thus gone." Everything is Ch'an; this is "thus come." Nothing is Ch'an; this is "thus gone." Today I want to investigate these words. I think they will give you new insights into using Ch'an in your daily life. The Ch'an sect does not believe in establishing set words, descriptions or theories. In fact, Ch'an cannot be expressed in words or phrases. Anything said about Ch'an cannot be true Ch'an. more