Chan Newsletter

June 8, 1991 

Dharma Drum Mountain

You may have heard of Dharma Drum Publications, the publisher of Master Sheng-yen's (Shih-fu's) six English books, Ch'an Magazine and Ch'an Newsletter, but do you know about Dhanna Drum Mountain? Master Sheng-yen searched for a site in Taiwan to expand the Chung-Hwa Institute of Buddhist Studies and the Nung Ch'an Monastery. In April of 1989 approximately 80 acres of land in the Gold Mountain district of Taipei were purchased. This land and Shih-fu's vision of what it will become has been named Dharma Drum Mountain.more

May 8, 1991 

Mind and Dharma Dust

Lecture dellivered by Master Sheng-yen on Sunday, April 19, 1987.) In my talks on the Surangama Sutra I have been speaking of the twelve ayatanas, or entries, which refer to the six sense organs and the six sense objects. An entry refers to a point or a position at which something can be specified or at which contact can be made. Today I will deal with the mind and its object, which comprise the eleventh and twelfth entries. Actually, the mind's object can also be translated as "the dust of the senses" or "dharma dust." more

March 8, 1991 

Human Consciousness in The Ch’an Perspective

(Lecture delivered by Master Sheng-yen at Brooklyn College on November 8, 1990.) We have very little time today, so I will give only a brief summary of the Ch'an view of human consciousness. Today's talk on human consciousness can be divided into three sections; first, the general Buddhist view; second, the Ch'an perspective; and last, the Ch'an approach to the problems that arise from human consciousness. The General Perspective of Buddhist Practice. more

January 8, 1991 

The Sense Organs and Objects of Taste and Touch

(Lecture given by Master Sheng-yen on the Surangama Sutra on January 1, 1987) I will continue to speak on the senses and their sense objects in the Surangama Sutra. Today we will concentrate on the tongue and its object, taste, and on the body and the sense of touch. Once again as he has done for the other senses, the Buddha explains to Ananda that taste has no real existence. He uses the example of the butter and cream that Ananda may get occasionally when he is begging. more

December 8, 1990 

The Sense Organs of the Ear and Nose and Their Sense objects

(Lecture delivered by Master Sheng-yen Sunday December 21, 1986.) The Buddha continues to explain the relationship of the sense organs and sense objects to Ananda. In today's selection he explains the relationship of the ear to sound and the nose to smell. The first passage concerns the ear and sound. The Buddha asks Ananda to reflect on the sound of the drum that is beaten to alert the Assembly that food is ready and the sound of the bell which tells the Assembly to come together. more