transmission outside the scriptures
not founded upon
words and letters
by pointing directly
to the mind
it lets one see
nature and attain Buddhahood
This representation of Chan
ascribed to Bodhidharma (circa 470-543), the first Chan patriarch, and
brought into our time by the japanese Zen tradition. Chan, neither to be
grasped nor to be explained, is a subtle experience independent of
space, time and culture. Chan manifests as "buddhanature", given the
mind "has emptied itself of everything".
Chan training guides the student such that he or she may enter through
the door of Chan and experience this "nature" directly.
is the Chinese transliteration of dhyana, meditation in Sanskrit, or
jhana in Pali, and has two meanings beyond "buddhanature":
stands for Chinese Buddhism, a Mahayana tradition, in general, and the
five Schools of Chan ("Houses of Chan") in particular. Two of them,
Caodong and Linji, have been transmitted to the present. Buddhism
reached China in the first century AD. Then it took half a millennium to
collect, translate and classify the Indian scriptures, to debate their
intrinsicacies, compare them with the Daoist heritage, and develop an
indigenous practice. It took the Tang Dynasty (618-907, a renaissance
time, for buddhism to find its particular Chinese form. The root teacher
of all Chan Schools is Hui-neng (638-713).
the wish of Shifu Sheng-yen, to emphasize a practice, centered on
experience and verification, that is adapted to our time without loosing
any of its substance.