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The word "Chan" can mean enlightenment, and enlightenment can be understood to mean realizing "the first meaning," or "the ultimate truth." In Chan, there is also what is called "secondary meaning," or "conventional truth." Conventional truth can be expressed in words and concepts, but the
 In Sanskrit, sutra means ‘thread’ as in a string of pearls forming one complete necklace. Sutras are thus pearls of the Buddha’ s wisdom (prajna) threaded to form a vast, cohesive body of recorded teachings known as the tripitaka, that also includes the vinaya (rules of conduct) and the
 By Gilbert M. Gutierrez (Dharma heir of Master Sheng Yen)It is often said in Chan literature that there are 84,000 doors to the practice and 84,000 obstructions. The door that resonates with my practice are the teachings of Master Lin-Chi. “Teachings” is a misnomer, however, as there is
You Are Already Enlightened Thursday, November 8, 2012 At 10:19PMGuo Gu, a longtime student of the late Master Sheng Yen, presents an experiential look at the Chan practice of silent illumination.Silent illumination is a Buddhist practice that can be traced back not only to Huineng (638–713),