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Wednesday, April 13, 2011


"The spiritual source is bright and pure.
Branching out and secretly flowing forth."

The spiritual source refers to the potential for Buddhahood, or the seed of Buddhahood, that is within all of us. It is called Buddha-nature. The spiritual source can also be described as the undefiled master that is within each of us.

The Chinese character which is translated as 'spiritual source ' has other connotations. It alludes to something that  is free, yet soft, like a gentle, unobstructed light that has the power of illumination. The same Chinese characters are sometimes used to describe moonlight; moonlight is considered gentle and undefiled. Hence, the spiritual source is completely unobstructed, bright, pure and clear.

From an enlightened person's point of view, the spiritual source is pure and unmoving. It has no power because no power is needed; there is only Suchness. For ordinary sentient beings, however, the spiritual source has the power of illumination, because they are in the darkness of ignorance and they need the power of illumination to escape that darkness. When the spiritual source displays this power of illumination, it is called wisdom.....from Chan Master Sheng Yen in The Infinite Mirror's Inquiry into Two Halves, pg. 23

Also check out these Chan sites of interest:
2. How to chan meditate:
3. Master Cheng Yen in Facebook; 
4. the Western Chan Fellowship at

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