*Gain Ultimate Wisdom through Chan Practice*
Translated by Jessica, Edited by Tom
Time: Nov 29, 1993, Place: Miao-tian Tain-chan, Taipei
No matter what our achievement, be it our career, studies, or a talent,
we must lay a solid foundation to reach it. Likewise, when we practice
Chan, the more solid the foundation, the better chance that we will
greatly progress and succeed.
However, nowadays there are impractical and over-ambitious people who
refuse to start from the basic practices. They look instead for a
meteoric rise. Unfortunately, such people usually invite failure over time.
*Chan is a Comprehensive Term for the Entire Universe*
Practicing Chan is the same as practicing other skills, the same as
pursuing a career or other achievements — the fundamental bases are the
most important lessons. Many times, people are too eager for success
when learning Sitting Chan. Some people feel it is unnecessary to spend
much time practicing the same technique over and over. Actually, every
technique is equally important, and it takes diligent practice before a
solid foundation is laid. Therefore, we should learn the techniques step
by step, carefully and patiently.
When we practice Chan, it is very important to understand the reason we
practice. We must understand the world of Chan before we enter it.
However, it’s a shame that nowadays most Chan teachings emphasize
traditional methodologies and attach to the form of emptiness, such as
solely studying Chan Koans, reciting sutras, or chanting mantras. None
of these practices will lead us to ultimate enlightenment. People can
still benefit from these practices, yet they don’t directly lead to
ultimate truth, and it’s hard for beginners to become awakened by
practicing these techniques. Even when people obtain understanding and
realization through practicing these techniques, they are usually
limited to the level of consciousness.
The world of Chan (i.e. the world of Buddha) is the entire universe,
which is by no means a person’s thought. Hence, to raise a person’s
thought to the level of Chan means to raise it to the level of the
In the universe, there are many other beings besides humans. All beings
have their own inconceivable life purposes, life structures, and
abilities to survive. All these phenomena are certainly worth our
efforts to investigate and discover their truth, because great wisdom
resides in them.
Be Enlightened In This Life - We ALL Can