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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

More (commentary) on Suchness, this time by the Dalai Lama


From Nagarjuna:
Not knowable from another, tranquil
not fabricated by mental elaboration,
devoid of conceptualization, and not differentiated--
that is the character of suchness.

This stanza presents what are known as the five main characteristics of ultimate truth. Basically, the stanza is stating that suchness lies beyond the purview of language and thought. Unlike everyday objects--where we can distinguish, say, between a thing and its properties--the emptiness that is mere negation of intrinsic existence is free of any such differentiations. It exists in the manner of a single taste. This does not mean that the suchness of all phenomena exists as one. Although each and every individual phenomenon has suchness, that just means all phenomena share the nature of being empty of intrinsic existence. That is the meaning of this stanza.
and more...
Whatever comes into being in dependence on another
is not identical with that thing.
Since it is not different from that thing either,
it is neither nonexistent nor permanent. ...from The Middle Way...Faith Grounded in Reason by The Dalai Lama, pp. 86-87

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Sunday Retreat:
For this retreat, if you are not a Chan (Chinese Zen) practitioner, you may bring your own silent meditation/ contemplation practice. If you do not presently have a practice, or are interested in Chan meditation practice, please contact Adrian a couple of days before the retreat.

Bring your own cushion; chairs are available. Bring a veggie lunch with a little left over to share, and eating utensils.
Limited seating, please RSVP.
Contact Adrian Symonds: 250-650-9055 or adrian2@shaw.ca

Dec 7:  8:30 a.m to 12; 1:15 to 5 p.m. – Salish House, Lewis Park Recreation Centre, Courtenay Cost: by donation
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1. MAIN WEBSITE: Cosmos Chan Zen Community at http://www.cosmoschan.org/
2. Master Cheng Yen in Facebook;
3. Listen to dharma talks with Gilbert Gutierrez http://dharmatalks.riversidechan.org/
4. Listen/download audio talks from the Tallahassee   Chan group at http://www.tallahasseechan.com/talks.html
5. the Western Chan Fellowship at  http://www.westernchanfellowship.org/
6. Questions?  Adrian at 250 650 9055; adrian2@shaw.ca and this blog http://comoxvalleyzenchan.blogspot.ca/

Monday, November 24, 2014

The self-nature of true suchness manifests thought

"Good fellow practitioners, regarding "no" of no thought, what should we let go of? And regarding "thought" of "no thought", what should we be aware of? We should let go of the attachment to the duality and the mind exhaustion of sense objects, while we should be aware of the self-nature of true suchness. True suchness is the quintessence of thought, and thought is the function of true suchness. The self-nature of true suchness manifests thought, and it is not the six sense faculties that manifest thought. The true suchness has a nature of emptiness, therefore, it is able to manifest thought in accord with conditions. If true suchness has no empty nature, then the six sense faculties and six sense objects lose their functions simultaneously.

Good fellow practitioners, the self-nature of true suchness manifests thoughts. Though the six sense faculties have the functions of seeing, hearing, and awareness, yet they are not defiled by myriad objects, and the self-nature of true suchness is always liberated. Therefore, the Pure Name Sutra says, "One is adept at differentiating the forms of all dharma/Dharma, while simultaneously rest immovably in the Ultimate Principle."....from a translation/commentary by Master Beishi Ghohan of the 6th Patriarch's Platform Sutra.

THERE WILL BE NO CLASS THIS THURSDAY 27 AS THERE ARE PARENT/TEACHER INTERVIEWS.



1. MAIN WEBSITE: Cosmos Chan Zen Community at http://www.cosmoschan.org/
2. Master Cheng Yen in Facebook;
3. Listen to dharma talks with Gilbert Gutierrez http://dharmatalks.riversidechan.org/
4. Listen/download audio talks from the Tallahassee   Chan group at http://www.tallahasseechan.com/talks.html
5. the Western Chan Fellowship at  http://www.westernchanfellowship.org/
6. Questions?  Adrian at 250 650 9055; adrian2@shaw.ca and this blog http://comoxvalleyzenchan.blogspot.ca/

Sunday, October 26, 2014

The 6th Patriarch: Mind training must be centered by Pure Awareness of Prajna Wisdom



"Good fellow practitioners, people in confusion verbally recite Mahaprajnaparamita, and while they are reciting it the deluded and evil thoughts arise. If they devote to mind's effortless effort* thought after thought, they realize its Dharma-nature of true suchness. To realize this Dharma-nature is the Mind Dharma of Prajna, while to devote to mind training in accordance with Dharma-nature is the Act of Prajna. If you do not train your mind in this way, you are ordinary people. If you do your mind training in this way even for one thought, you yourselves are equal to the Buddha.

Good fellow practitioners, ordinary being is Buddha, and vexation is bodhi (enlightenment). A confused preceding thought makes one an ordinary being, while an enlightened succeeding thought makes one a Buddha. A preceding thought that attaches to sense objects is vexation, while a succeeding thought that frees one from attachment to sense objects is bodhi.

Good fellow practitioners, Mahaprajnaparamita is the most honorable, the supreme, and the foremost. It has no abiding, no going, and no coming. The Buddha of past, present, and future manifest from it. You should use great prajna  wisdom to break through; the vexation and mind exhaustion related to the five skandas*. If you do mind training in this way, you will surely attain the Buddhahood, and turn the three poisons (greed, hatred and ignorance) into discipline, samadhi and wisdom"......from the 2nd chapter of the translation/commentary by Master Guohan of The Platform Sutra of Sixth Patriarch Huineng.

*Pure Awareness of Prajna Wisdom: awareness of everything outside, everything inside (thoughts and emotions) and body sensations, without injecting your self centeredness into that awareness by discriminating and creating attachments.

*Full Definition of SKANDHAS. Buddhism. : the five transitory personal elements of body, perception, conception, volition, and consciousness whose temporary concatenation forms the individual self.


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a half day or day of silent meditation/contemplation

For this retreat, if you are not a Chan (Chinese Zen) practitioner, you may bring your own silent meditation/ contemplation practice. If you do not presently have a practice, or are interested in Chan meditation practice, please contact Adrian a couple of days before the retreat.

Bring your own cushion; chairs are available. Bring your own lunch, and enough to share with others. Limited seating, please RSVP.
Contact Adrian Symonds: 250-650-9055 or adrian2@shaw.ca
Oct 5, Nov 2, Dec 2:  8:30 a.m to 5 p.m. – Salish House, Lewis Park Recreation Centre, Courtenay
Cost: by donation
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1. MAIN WEBSITE: Cosmos Chan Zen Community at http://www.cosmoschan.org/
2. Master Cheng Yen in Facebook;
3. Listen to dharma talks with Gilbert Gutierrez http://dharmatalks.riversidechan.org/
4. Listen/download audio talks from the Tallahassee   Chan group at http://www.tallahasseechan.com/talks.html
5. the Western Chan Fellowship at  http://www.westernchanfellowship.org/
6. Questions?  Adrian at 250 650 9055; adrian2@shaw.ca and this blog http://comoxvalleyzenchan.blogspot.ca/

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Meditation in Action: Warfare or Healthcare

An Innovative Canadian Foreign Policy: Hornets or DARTS?

 

The Hornet Strategy: we can protect the lives of thousands of Canadians by bombing the infrastructures and the soldiers of the ISIS into submission. As in any bombing campaign, violence will beget more violence, and as for the innocents, collateral damage will generate a web of new resentments that will be rekindled for generations.

 

The DART Strategy:  we can protect the lives of thousands of Canadians by sending in 40 or 50 Canadian military Disaster Assistance Response Teams to West Africa. At the rate of infection, this disease could easily spread around the world. What kind of reputation would we garner if Canada stopped it cold? And continued to respond to natural tragedies with DART teams throughout the world? Let’s park the Hornets, and change our notion of boots on the ground.

 


I’d love to travel abroad again, anywhere, with a Canadian badge glued to my packsack.


The petition is really important and could use our help. Click here to find out more and sign: 
http://www.avaaz.org/en/petition/justin_trudeau_change_Canadas_foreign_policy_from_warfare_to_healthcare/?mnFwicb




1. MAIN WEBSITE: Cosmos Chan Zen Community at http://www.cosmoschan.org/
2. Master Cheng Yen in Facebook;
3. Listen to dharma talks with Gilbert Gutierrez http://dharmatalks.riversidechan.org/
4. Listen/download audio talks from the Tallahassee   Chan group at http://www.tallahasseechan.com/talks.html
5. the Western Chan Fellowship at  http://www.westernchanfellowship.org/
6. Audio downloads at Dharma Drum http://www.dharmadrumretreat.org/teachings.php?id=av_changwen
7. Questions?  Adrian at 250 650 9055; adrian2@shaw.ca and this blog http://comoxvalleyzenchan.blogspot.ca/















Monday, September 29, 2014

In your practice, 'Lightness and Ease' can be easily attached to....don't!

photo by isaac symonds

"When the mind is unified with the body, you cannot be aware of the sensations of the whole body sitting because the sensations disappear. Why? The sensations become one with mind, so you cannot become aware of them. But that does not mean you have no body anymore. Don’t be afraid of that. When you close your eyes, you may get fear, and you may feel your body disappear. If you open your eyes, you still see your body. If you reach this state, you can experience the ‘Lightness and Ease’ of your body and mind, and this kind of experience you may never have tasted before in your daily life. Some people may feel, “Oh how wonderful this is. Oh how good. I enjoy it.”  Then they just abide in this state, they don’t want to get out; they just want to enjoy it. They don’t want to do anything. They think if they can just stay in this state for the rest of their life, that would be so wonderful. So they don’t want to leave. Of course, if they want to stay in that state, they stop their forward practice. We could say that they attach to the form of the mind (Lightness and Ease) in that moment.  Then, later on after some period of time, that state of Lightness and Ease will disappear. It depends on how far the state of your mind has faded away. Then, the mind will return to the Concentrated mind state or even the Scattered mind state. So, do not attach to any kind of Form of mind, of the good experience."...from talks by Master Beishi Guohan 2014






a half day or day of silent meditation/contemplation

For this retreat, if you are not a Chan (Chinese Zen) practitioner, you may bring your own silent meditation/ contemplation practice. If you do not presently have a practice, or are interested in Chan meditation practice, please contact Adrian a couple of days before the retreat.

Bring your own cushion; chairs are available. Limited seating, please RSVP.
Contact Adrian Symonds: 250-650-9055 or adrian2@shaw.ca
Oct 5, Nov 2, Dec 2:  8:30 a.m to 5 p.m. – Salish House, Lewis Park Recreation Centre, Courtenay
Cost: by donation
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1. MAIN WEBSITE: Cosmos Chan Zen Community at http://www.cosmoschan.org/
2. Master Cheng Yen in Facebook;
3. Listen to dharma talks with Gilbert Gutierrez http://dharmatalks.riversidechan.org/
4. Listen/download audio talks from the Tallahassee   Chan group at http://www.tallahasseechan.com/talks.html
5. the Western Chan Fellowship at  http://www.westernchanfellowship.org/
6. Audio downloads at Dharma Drum http://www.dharmadrumretreat.org/teachings.php?id=av_changwen
7. Questions?  Adrian at 250 650 9055; adrian2@shaw.ca and this blog http://comoxvalleyzenchan.blogspot.ca/