Most Venerable Dharma Master Hsin Tao (Chan Master Hsin Tao)
Founder of Museum of World religion, Ling Jiou Mountain Buddhist Society, Museum of World Religions (MWR), and the Global Family for Love and Peace (GFLP)
The Essence of Zen Meditation
Zen is simply your Ordinary Mind. Keeping nothing in your mind, you can then be as productive and creative as you could be! Zen is life itself. If you want to make your life blossom and open up, you need to do Zazen. Zen is actually the full blossoming of your own beautiful life. Zen gives you a wonderful perspective on the panorama of Life. Zen’s essence itself is primordially perfect and complete. You can’t find any faults or imperfections in it. And your life is of course very rare, wonderful and utterly precious. You should seize and savor this precious human life to seek for the Ultimate Wisdom of Zen. When you attain Zen, you can control your life and death. Unlike the fleeting and eroded sand and soil, you can now master your mind and your life. I am promoting Zen in overseas countries nowadays. Many westerners are very interested in Zen meditation. I introduced them a special type of Zen practice that I called “Peace Zen” – which has a very clear and systematic four steps in its practice. The preliminaries and the results of this Peace Zen are very clear and productive, and they can practice it with unwavering faith and one-pointed diligence. This systematic approach enables them to understand, practice and realize the essence of Zen in a simpler and more humanistic way. Ultimately speaking, Chinese Zen (Chan) has no gradual steps.
Most Venerable Master Zhengyan Guo Jun Thero
Worldwide Popular Chan Master and Chief Abbot of Mahabodhi Temple, Singapore
Chan Meditation - Heart to Heart….
In Chan, we sit in meditation, always coming back to the breath, coming back to the present moment. Why is sitting “the practice” of Chan? Why is it so fundamental? Where does it come from? Is it our practice because Buddha sat under the Bodhi Tree when he became enlightened? Or because, legend has it, Bodhidharma, the first Chan patriarch, sat in front of a blank wall for nine years? Perhaps. But I would like to talk about sitting and Chan from another angle. Sitting is a part of our daily lives. We take a rest by sitting. We sit to eat, draw, write, and talk with friends. When we share good things, we sit. You don’t really have a good chat with someone when you are standing up or walking. When you want to talk heart-to-heart, you sit. Sitting brings people closer together. Sitting is a foundation. It’s part of our development, both as individuals and as a species. The child must learn to sit before he can stand up. We distinguish ourselves from animals because we stand upright. Animals crawl. Sitting is the transition between animals and humans. With sitting, we are able to concentrate for long periods. It is our creative posture, our posture of concentration and absorption in the work of the mind and dexterous tasks. It is said we evolved as humans when we were able to stand upright and use our hands.
Gabriele (Gabi) Seewald
Founder and Co-Creator of Spiral Seeds Consulting, Seeds, Skills, Tools, Experience & Wisdom for a sustainably healthy development on Earth & Projects – Sustainable & Holistic Wellbeing of People & Planet, Regenerative Living Design & Development for Enterprises, Communities, Regions and Cultures, Co-Creator of Samara Regenerative Hotels- and Resorts, Author, Speaker, Retreat-Leader
I have a strong sense that humanity is about to truly face its worst demons over the coming weeks. For eons now, the way we have met our worst demons is externally, through war and all kinds of other atrocities. This is when we say and believe that history repeats itself. History does not need to repeat itself. That’s our choice and does not depend on anyone or anything outside of us. It’s our choice how we meet our worst demons this time around. Let us meet them inside of us. Let us face time, truly face them, and not turn or run away from them. Notice how you feel in your body and what movement, even so subtle your body wants to do right now when you imagine truly meeting your own demons, your own worst enemies. Let us sit with them and listen to them, have a conversation with our enemies as we would have with our friends. Because truly our worst enemies, our inner demons are only those parts of ourselves that we have condemned and they simply want to be seen, be heard and be loved too. I know how scary this can feel and how much our conditioning, the patterns of believes, the training of our brains and nervous system (over generations) just wants us to fight or flight, or talk them or meditate them away. And I know the true liberation and peace that comes when we just stay and meet ‘them’, with deep breaths, with cries and shakes, with: I am so scared but I am not going to kick into my auto-response, I am here and I see you, I hear you, l am. You have no power over me and nowhere to hide any more. Rooting ourselves deep into the core of Mother Earth. Breathing it all down into Her and breathing Her up into us. I choose Peace. I choose Love. I choose to truly be who I am: Embodied Divine Whole Human.
BSC-Graduated Peradeniya University, Formerly Senior Commercial Manager at Sri Lankan Airlines and Formerly Senior Consultant to Air India GSA in Sri Lanka
Experiential wisdom with Meditation….
Wisdom – Wisdom has three levels, wisdom from hearing or from that which is read, wisdom contemplation of what was read or heard, both of which are derived from the knowledge of others. When one listens to Dhamma expounded by the Buddha or read Sutta and or other segments, one gains the first level of wisdom. When that person/s contemplate on that which was heard or read, the person/s will gain the second level of wisdom, the wisdom from contemplation. But both these wisdoms are derived from the knowledge of the Enlightened One. The highest level of wisdom which is experiential wisdom is of that person’s and comes from Meditation. Meditation and Vipassana – Buddha the Enlightened One gave us that sublime and super-mundane path in many a Sutta, and here I will dwell into the Maha Sathipattana Sutta in the Digha Nikaya. Buddha was staying in the Kuru Country in a town called Kammasadhamma. There Buddha addressed the Bhikkhus, “Bhikkhus this is the direct path for the purification beings, to overcome grief and lamentation, for the elimination of suffering and unhappiness, for the attainment of right method, realization of Nirvana. What are these four? Here Bhikku is seeing the body as body is, seeing the feeling as feeling is, seeing the mind as mind is and seeing things as things are, ardent, knowing, mindful and putting aside greed and distress with reference to the world. (the world of six touch-agencies)