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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Master Guo Dun: A Profound and Precise Method to Relax by Letting Go of Tension

1. Don’t think for the count of 1001
2. Relax the eyes for the count of 1001
3. Relax the nose for the count of 1001
4. Relax the mouth (tongue, gums, teeth, jaw) for the count of 1001
5. Relax the face (skin and muscles around eyes cheeks etc) for the count of 1001
6. Relax the ears
7. neck
8. shoulders
9. biceps
10. forearms
11. hands
12. fingers (You can check your counting by doing one finger at a time. So 1001 on the thumb, next time round, thumb 1001, index finger 1002, etc)
13. upper back
14. middle back
15. low back
16. buttocks
17. chest
18. abdomen
19. thighs
20. knees
21. calves
22. feet
23. toes (You can check your counting by doing one toe at a time. So 1001 on the big toe, next time round, big toe 1001, 2nd toe 1002, etc)
25. MIND (everything around the body that you and everyone ele in the world can think/sense in that interval count of 1001)

1. Don’t think for the count of 1001 + 1002
2. Relax the eyes for the count of 1001 + 1002
3. nose for the count of 1001 +1002  etc…
4. When you get to the fingers and toes, use them as part of the count. So during the 1st second, use the thumb. During the 2nd second, use the thumb and the index,  and on ……

See Master Guo Jun at


Keep going…….adding a second each complete time round. When you count 1001, say it slowly so you get the full benefit of one second’s relaxation. If you rush like you’re running for a bus, remember there’s no bus to catch. Just say it slowly and methodically.

When you get distracted and forget where you are in the body scan, don’t judge yourself, just go back to the body scan method. Pick a spot on your body and continue the method.

At least 30 minutes per day….up to approximately the count of 5 or 6 seconds?  Sit in a comfortable chair, and keep your back straight, and belly breathe if you know how. If not, google deep abdominal breathing. You will doze off if your head falls to your chest. 


Register for the upcoming 3 day retreat at the Bethlehem Retreat Centre Jan 25 to Jan 28; cost $306 (not for profit) includes room and meals. 

Contact:  ASAP (seven sleeping places left)
adrian symonds
Phone: 250.898.8201

Also check out these Chan sites of interest:

2. How to chan meditate:
3. Master Sheng Yen in Facebook

4. The Western Chan Fellowship at

5. Other Buddhist centres in the Comox Valley:

Monday, December 10, 2012

Upcoming retreat and Master Hongzhi and Silent Illumination

The correct way of practice is to sit simply in stillness
and silently investigate.
Deep down there is a state one reaches where externally
one is no longer swirled about by causes and conditions.
The mind, being empty, is all-embracing.
Its luminosity being wondrous,
it is precisely appropriate and impartial.
Internally there are no thoughts.
Vast and removed, it stands alone in itself
without falling into stupor.
Bright and potent, it cuts off all dependence
and remains self-at-ease.

Master Hongzhi, the twelfth-century master who put together these practices under the name Silent Illumination.


There is an upcoming retreat at the Bethleham Retreat Centre in Nanaimo. We arrive between 3 and 4 o'clock on Friday the 25th at the Bethleham Retreat Centre in Nanaimo. We set up in our rooms, we eat, we do an evening meditation. We have a full day Saturday, Sunday and leave on Monday at 2 o'clock. I'm about to receive the quote for the cost, it's around $306 plus taxes which includes sleeping and food. As one of you is a  student, let me know if you can afford the cost. I can up other people's cost. Please contact me witha non-refundable depostit by December 15.  See

or adrian at 250 898 8201