Yes, our school has very clear, strict, formed way to initiate anyone onto this path of Chan. It takes about three years to finish the first stage of Chi cultivation, then after that, the practice becomes a formless one by applying what we cultivated in the previous three years into our everyday life. The first three years is to cleans our body, the second three years is to cleans our mind. This six year period is what our Teacher called the Purification Process. These are average time line and they vary depending on the practitioner.
There are four stages in total - Purification, Wisdom, Consummation, Enlightenment. The progress of the remaining three stages is really dependent on the practitioner.
The first objective is to cultivate our Chi so that we become healthier, more alert and exceptionally objective. The ultimate objective is to enable us to sync our Chi with that of the universe.
We begin by doing three month of belly breathing. http://www.heartchan.org/content/view/33/41/
It is not hard. Some even think it is simple. Diligence is what's needed.
Our Teacher said, "Just sitting without Chi is withered Zen. It is lifeless."
Let me know if you have any question.
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