Chan Newsletter

October 13, 2011 

What is Chan? (1)

This is the transcript of a talk given by Master Sheng Yen in 1977, at the beginning of his teaching career in the US. It was originally published in a small pamphlet. While information in the article pertaining to lessons offered by the master is outdated, its overview of the essence of Chan practice is timeless.more

September 10, 2010 

A Day at Ease

The opportunity for families with children to spend a day at the retreat center was a particular joy. The dining hall was the center of a variety of family activities: crafts, facepainting, musical entertainment by the Celadon Youth Music Ensemble, and magic by Mr. Presto, and a vegetarian raw-food cooking demonstration. There were also more contemplative activities held near the Chan Hall: tea ceremony, yoga, 8 forms moving meditation, mindfulness activities for children and mindful hiking.....more

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August 24, 1997 

Complete Penetration of Ear Consciousness

(A talk given by Master Sheng-yen on May 3. 1994, translated by Ming-yee Wang and edited by Linda Peer and Harry Miller) We have been looking at the section of the Surangama Sutra known as the Twenty-Five Kinds of Complete (or Perfect) Penetration. What is meant by complete penetration? A complete penetration is a door or entrance through which we can discover our Buddha nature.more

June 24, 1997 

Environmental Protection and Spiritual Environmental Protection

(A talk given by Master Sheng-yen on April 26, 1992 translated by Lin Yu and edited by Linda Peer and Harry Miller.) "Environmental protection" has become a household term, but what should it mean in the context of Ch'an? To protect the environment is to safeguard the natural, ecological balance of our world. When this balance is impaired, natural disasters and human suffering result. We are part of, and dependent on, the ecological balance.more

May 26, 1997 

The Dignity of Living and Dying

(This talk was given by Master Sheng-yen on Sunday Oct. 27, 1996 and edited by Harry Miller.) How do we develop and maintain our dignity during life and sustain it when we encounter death? This is an important question to people in the East and the West. Many scholars discuss birth and death in reference to philosophy, religion, or medical science. I will address the subject simply from Buddha Dharma and my own experience.more