Monday, October 10, 2011

Master Sheng Yen: Body, mind and environment, and upcoming 3 day retreat

photo by Patricia Anderson

There is no such thing as the mind. The mind is what arises when the environment interacts with our body. The body, as well as the environment, is illusory. Therefore, the interaction that comes from it---mental activity----must also be illusory. Through mental activities we can perform virtuous or unwholesome actions, but Ch’an cannot be acquired through knowledge, learning, the Buddha’s wisdom, or through one’s own experience and wisdom. If you think the Buddha can bring you to Ch’an, then you are depending on external conditions. If you think your own wisdom and knowledge can bring you to Ch’an, then you are relying on internal conditions. You have to leave behind all dependencies. Only then can you enter Ch’an.” …Master Sheng Yen in Complete Enlightenment, pg. 245. 

Three day Chan retreat
Silent illumination and Huatou Methods
Cost: approximately $230 
Time: 10 a.m. Saturday November 12, 2001 to 2 p.m. Monday November 14, 2001
2 Overnight stays in single rooms
plus vegetarian snacks and meals provided
Place: Bethleham Retreat Centre 
Bethlehem Retreat Centre
2371 Arbot Rd
Nanaimo, BC V9R 6S9
Fax: 250-753-6742
Pre-registration necessary with 
Adrian Symonds
1 250 898 8201
Register ASAP, maximum 15 people.

Check out what the buddhists, the philosophers and the neuroscientists have to say at Columbia University: a Multidisciplinarian Symposium on Consciousness... 


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5. Buddhism in Nanaimo:

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