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Abridged from "The Gateway to Chan Wisdom" by Chan Master Wu Jue Miao-tian
Translated by Zhenyao
Edited by Eng







Abridged from "The Gateway to Chan Wisdom" by Chan Master Wu Jue Miao-tian
Translated by Zhenyao
Edited by Eng

Buddhism talks about “reincarnation”. The cause of reincarnation is the 
existence of consciousness.  If consciousness does not exist, we
transcend the cycles of reincarnation. Thus consciousness is the most important 
factor affecting reincarnation.  In other words, at the last
moment of a person's life, if there are no hindrances left unresolved in the 
heart, then death will be comfortable and smooth while
reincarnation becomes unnecessary. If there are many concerns remain with the 
dying person, then there will be no liberation, and
reincarnate will continue to be the fate.

Pure consciousness is the soul after death.  Originally, human bodies were 
luminous.  However, they are covered by our consciousness, just
like clouds covering the sunlight.  After death, we will end up in an unknown 
space according to our consciousness.  When we go beyond our
sub-consciousness, we enter the realm of the Eighth Consciousness (Alaya 
Consciousness), and then we witness the light of our self-
nature.  This light is not outside of us.  It is inside.  It's the light of 
life and wisdom, and the light is full of supernatural
powers.  Its powers are tens of times more powerful than that of the human 
brain or any power we know of.  Such powers are beyond

The ultimate goal of Chan practice is to find the spiritual light of our 
hearts.  That is the true self.  Such light comes from the life
force of the universe, and it is the origin of all lives. To gain wisdom, a 
person needs to start from Chan meditation.  The threefold
training of Buddhism includes "discipline, meditation (Ding), and wisdom.” 
Discipline is the entry point of Chan practice followed by
mediation, and finally wisdom.  Many of you will become scientists.

Chan practice will enhance what you have learned, and it will help to prove 
theories you have studied.  Chan practice is about witnessing
your own experience. Reading the Bible or studying Buddhist scriptures is only 
one aspect of religious practice.  But it's not sufficient
without witnessing for yourself.

In order to understand "self", we must transcend ourselves.  It’s like a person 
in a mountain who cannot see the entire mountain.  In order
to see the entire mountain, the person must observe it from a distance.  
Similarly, you have to go through the process of meditation
to enter a deep meditative state of Chan Ding, and become devoid of all mental 
Looking back, recognizing the "self" requires that we enter a meditative state, 
and we need to go through training for that.  For
example, when we meditate, we could sit an hour in the half-lotus posture, or 
we could sit twenty minutes in the full-lotus posture.
However, the twenty-minute session is more effective than the one-hour session. 
Why? That’s because we enhance our ability to break through
physical barriers in a full-lotus posture.  Similarly, one-month of meditation 
in a full lotus posture has the same effect as two months
of meditation in a half lotus posture.
Now in the business community the so-called "Chan Enterprise" is gaining 
popularity, much like the “devil’s training" in Japan, i.e.,
to train a person to achieve super endurance and super strength in order to 
enable a person to transcend his/her own limitations. To
surpass others, we first have to surpass our instincts.  Then naturally we will 
be able to surpass others to attain a fuller life,
to be more successful in our careers, and to study and research more 
thoroughly.  Finally I want to share with you that we have to go
through “The Gateway to Chan Wisdom” to be able to have access to unlimited 
wisdom, and to successfully gain wisdom.


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