- SATURDAY CHAN CLASS
- HOW TO PRACTICE HUA TOU - PART 1
Date: Saturday, May 19, 2018
Album: Saturday Chan Class
Title: How to Practice Hua Tou - Part 1
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Master > Good morning everyone. Thank you for coming. Today is special.
Master > Look at this beautiful thing that they have ready for tomorrow's Vesak. What a beautiful vase. What is this? Huh?
Disciple > The sound is low.
Master > Sound is low? It should be on. People complain all the time. The TV station complains I speak too softly. How about now? Is that ok? Louder? Still need it to be louder? How about now? This is how Master Xian Chi does audio check. "Hello, One, Two, Three, Four, Five."
Disciple > Turn off the lights.
Master > Turn off the lights? It is nothing that important. Do not worry. It is no big deal.
Master > I have been teaching Chan meditation for maybe over ten years now. My Master, where I came from, my late teacher, Venerable Hsuan Hua, in the Chan class, you sit for an hour and there is a 20-minute talk; that is how I was trained. However, I decided to go, to talk for an hour because I realized talking is the more important part of meditation. I realized that I did not have the guidance when I was practicing meditation so I struggled a lot. I sat there for years wondering about whether I am doing something right or not. It came back and haunted me for several years. Am I doing this right? When I had problems, I asked my elder Dharma brothers, his disciples; they could not answer me. Later on, somehow, I lucked out and I never gave up; I resolved my own questions one after another. I realized that if I had someone to tell me since day one, I would not have to waste so many years practicing, exploring, or experimenting; I discovered things from experimentation.
Master > Therefore I realized if I showed you what I understand, you can progress a lot quicker. In particular, what we are teaching you is what is called, truthfully, the Wei Yang Mark less Chan. And it will be a long time before you understand what it means, but that's truly what it is; it's Wú Xiàng (無相). Wú Xiàng Chán (無相禪).