Zen Teachings

The Gates of Chan Buddhism

Chan Master Jing Hui (1933-2013)(Dharma Heir of Empty Cloud) “Since the last century a great many authors, through various possible approaches, have made Chinese Chan known to English-speaking readers in Europe and America. Among them the Japanese great master, Mr. Daisetz Teitaro Suzuki (1870-1966) did the most outstanding contributions in this regard. The characteristic feature… Continue reading The Gates of Chan Buddhism

Transmission of the Lamp

32. Kánin (C. Hung-ren 弘忍)

When Kánin encountered Dáshin on the road to Übai, Dáshin asked him, “What is your clan name?” Kánin said, “I have a NATURE but I do not have a conventional clan name.” Dáshin asked, “And what is IT?” Kánin replied, “It is the BUDDHA NATURE.” Dáshin queried, “So you have no clan name?” Kánin answered, “Because ORIGINAL NATURE is empty, I… Continue reading 32. Kánin (C. Hung-ren 弘忍)

Transmission of the Lamp

31. Dáshin (C. Tao-hsin 道信)

Bowing before Great Master Kanchi, Dáshin said, “Please, Reverend Monk, I beg you, from your compassion, to impart to me the Dharma Gate of liberation.” Kanchi said, “Who is preventing you from entering?” Dáshin answered, “No one is preventing me.” Kanchi said, “Then why do you seek liberation from me?” At these words Dáshin experienced… Continue reading 31. Dáshin (C. Tao-hsin 道信)

Transmission of the Lamp

28. Bodhidharma (达摩)

One day Hannyatara asked Bodaidaruma (Bodhidharma), “Amongst all things, which is without any characteristics?” Bodaidaruma replied, “The NON-ARISING is without characteristics.” Hannyatara asked, “Amongst all things, which is the greatest?” Bodaidaruma answered, “The DHARMA-NATURE is the greatest.” Listen (part I) Listen (part II) Bodaidaruma was of the warrior caste. Originally his name was Bodaitara; he… Continue reading 28. Bodhidharma (达摩)

Transmission of the Lamp

22. Manura

When Manura asked Bashubanzu, “Just what is the enlightenment of the Buddhas?” Bashubanzu answered, “It is none other than your ORIGINAL NATURE.” Manura then asked, “What is ORIGINAL NATURE like?” Bashubanzu replied, “The eighteen realms of the senses (i.e., all experiences) are void, unstained and pure.” When Manura heard this, he understood enlightenment. Manura (S.… Continue reading 22. Manura