Hi All,

What I am about to share with you is a topic rarely discussed in the 
Japanese Zen linage.  They are touched upon, hinted at, but seldom open 
and direct.  Please read it with an open mind.  The bottom line is, 
anyone who practices Chi based meditation could eventually witness what 
I state here.

Chan (Chinese Chan is where Japanese Zen originated from) is the 
universal life force and wisdom, such as the air, the water, the 
sunshine.  Chan is the driving force of all forms visible or not 
visible.  It exists everywhere and into everything. It can not be 
completely grasped by our mind, sensory organs, or human knowledge.  If 
we cultivate our "primary inner life force", which drives us, we could 
sync to the universal one.  In this case, no different than animals or 
plants.  When we sync to it to a certain degree, we could realize that 
we are indeed connected to others at various levels and aspects.

The more diligent the practice, the fuller and larger the volume of the 
life force we could develop.  We could then help to smooth out the 
disturbance within ourselves, or from others.  The unsmoothed or 
irregulated, or blocked Chi, or life force, is called karma.  It could 
be transferred, transformed, regulated or smoothed out.

Most of the discomfort within us, physical or mental are caused by 
Karma. Similarly, sleep paralysis is one form of karma, no different 
than anxiety, depression, high blood pressure, insomnia, etc.  There is 
no need to fear or panic.  They are there, because they know that you 
can help them.  Just welcome them, practice more diligently and ferry 
them to Buddhaland.

In our school, usually after 4-5 years of diligent practice, most of the 
practitioners can personally witness various transformations of karma. I 
myself included. 

It is hard to believe, even for myself 9 years ago.  But it is true, 
because I witnessed too many times myself.

Don't judge, just practice.

After 7-8 years, a practitioner can experience and witness many passages 
in the sutras.  Then everything will fall together.  He/she will accept 
everything and everyone without differentiating and live as one with the 

This is the best short description that I can come up with in English.  
Language is in a logical domain by itself, while Chan, the universal 
wisdom and life force is in a complete different domain, a domain of 
energy, also by itself.  They don't intersect and don't correlate and 
don't connect.


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