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Bodhisattva Hsuan Hua

Postby Will » Wed Jan 11, 2012 10:16 pm

One should refrain from biased judgments and doubting in fathoming the Buddha and the Dharma of the Buddhas. Even though a dharma may be extremely difficult to believe, one should nonetheless maintain faith in it. Nagarjuna
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Re: Bodhisattva Hsuan Hua

Postby catmoon » Thu Jan 12, 2012 2:51 am

A marvellous posting as usual, Will!
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Re: Bodhisattva Hsuan Hua

Postby Will » Thu Jan 12, 2012 5:04 am

catmoon wrote:A marvellous posting as usual, Will!


Master Hua was a marvel through and through. These teachings of his are here presented in a Vegas manner, but that may make them more memorable.

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Re: Bodhisattva Hsuan Hua

Postby Will » Thu Jan 19, 2012 2:17 am

A short sketch, in several parts, of his life: http://www.advite.com/sf/life/lifeindex.html
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Re: Bodhisattva Hsuan Hua

Postby Jikan » Thu Jan 19, 2012 2:44 am

This is excellent material, Will. :twothumbsup:
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Re: Bodhisattva Hsuan Hua

Postby Huifeng » Thu Jan 19, 2012 2:48 am

Basic question:

What was Master Hua's main form of meditation practice?

I recall asking one of his disciples about this some time ago, but maybe my memory is getting blurry.
Now, I'm aware that he taught many forms, and probably mastered many forms, but what was the one that really got him there in the end?

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Re: Bodhisattva Hsuan Hua

Postby Will » Thu Jan 19, 2012 1:15 pm

Huifeng wrote:Basic question:

What was Master Hua's main form of meditation practice?

I recall asking one of his disciples about this some time ago, but maybe my memory is getting blurry.
Now, I'm aware that he taught many forms, and probably mastered many forms, but what was the one that really got him there in the end?

~~ Huifeng


Dharma Master Heng Shou (aka Dharmamitra) wrote "Ch'an" - which is not surprising, but no details (also not surprising) he is busy translating. Glad you like this Master Hua thread. By the way, in the Pilgrimage section of the "advite" link he writes:

I am a monk from the Changbai (Eternally White) Mountains, a Chan cultivator from the Black Waters.
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Re: Bodhisattva Hsuan Hua

Postby Astus » Thu Jan 19, 2012 2:54 pm

Will wrote:I am a monk from the Changbai (Eternally White) Mountains, a Chan cultivator from the Black Waters.


Then if we consider what Hsuan Hua meant as Chan practice, it's not that difficult. Although even this interpretation is still quite inclusive.
"There is no such thing as the real mind. Ridding yourself of delusion: that's the real mind."
(Sheng-yen: Getting the Buddha Mind, p 73)

"Neither cultivation nor seated meditation — this is the pure Chan of Tathagata."
(Mazu Daoyi, X1321p3b23; tr. Jinhua Jia)

“Don’t rashly seek the true Buddha;
True Buddha can’t be found.
Does marvelous nature and spirit
Need tempering or refinement?
Mind is this mind carefree;
This face, the face at birth."

(Nanyue Mingzan: Enjoying the Way, tr. Jeff Shore; T2076p461b24-26)
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Re: Bodhisattva Hsuan Hua

Postby White Lotus » Mon Jan 23, 2012 4:21 pm

once he was familiar with his own nature, all things had become samadhi and there was no longer entering or leaving samadhi. rather just formless meditation... seeing nature... seeing all things just as they are whether awake or asleep.

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Re: Bodhisattva Hsuan Hua

Postby Will » Wed Jan 25, 2012 8:15 pm

Master Hua talks to doctors and nurses: http://www.gbm-online.com/online/dharma/cheng.html
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Re: Bodhisattva Hsuan Hua

Postby Will » Tue Feb 21, 2012 7:24 pm

On impermanence - with added pix: http://www.cttbusa.org/impermanence/cttb.asp#rt
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Re: Bodhisattva Hsuan Hua

Postby Will » Sun Apr 22, 2012 1:17 pm

The Fiftieth Anniversary of Master Hua bringing the Dharma to the West will be celebrated in June 2012:

http://www.cttbusa.org/50anniversary/dharma.asp
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Re: Bodhisattva Hsuan Hua

Postby chismith » Wed Apr 25, 2012 8:17 pm

Hope that most of the events will be recorded on the Internet for those who can't attend.
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Re: Bodhisattva Hsuan Hua

Postby mindyourmind » Wed Apr 25, 2012 8:30 pm

I will always be grateful to this Master for his teachings and how they helped open the beauties and power of Buddhism to me years ago :bow:
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Re: Bodhisattva Hsuan Hua

Postby Nighthawk » Wed Apr 25, 2012 10:47 pm

Thanks for sharing.
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Re: Bodhisattva Hsuan Hua

Postby upasaka_/\_ » Tue May 08, 2012 1:13 am

hi,

you seem to know a lot about hsuan hua? i'm trying to figure out what place mala practice has in chan/zen buddhism. i've read some of master huas writings and seen many pictures of him with a mala around his neck. do you know what he taught or practiced involving mala? thanks.
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CHAN: The Essence of All Buddhas

Postby Will » Tue May 08, 2012 3:34 am

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Re: CHAN: The Essence of All Buddhas

Postby upasaka_/\_ » Tue May 08, 2012 3:48 am

Will wrote:Master Hua on Chan practice: http://online.sfsu.edu/~rone/Buddhism/VenHua/Chan.html


not sure if this is in reply to my question or not, thanks if it is:) however in lieu of reading all 8,051 words on that page (and i'm sure it's great, i really enjoy his writings) could you tell me if he explains mala practice, and if so, how?

i did a ctrl+f search of the document for "mala", "beads" "mantra" and "chant" and didn't find anything about those things except a small mention of "mantra" but nothing about mala practice.
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Re: CHAN: The Essence of All Buddhas

Postby Will » Tue May 08, 2012 6:11 am

upasaka_/\_ wrote:
Will wrote:Master Hua on Chan practice: http://online.sfsu.edu/~rone/Buddhism/VenHua/Chan.html


not sure if this is in reply to my question or not, thanks if it is:) however in lieu of reading all 8,051 words on that page (and i'm sure it's great, i really enjoy his writings) could you tell me if he explains mala practice, and if so, how?

i did a ctrl+f search of the document for "mala", "beads" "mantra" and "chant" and didn't find anything about those things except a small mention of "mantra" but nothing about mala practice.


Layman, no, my post had nothing to do with your question, but is just part of the thread about Master Hua.

In future try to address by name who you are asking and/or copy the post into your questioning post as you did here.
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Re: CHAN: The Essence of All Buddhas

Postby upasaka_/\_ » Tue May 08, 2012 7:00 am

Will wrote:
upasaka_/\_ wrote:
Will wrote:Master Hua on Chan practice: http://online.sfsu.edu/~rone/Buddhism/VenHua/Chan.html


not sure if this is in reply to my question or not, thanks if it is:) however in lieu of reading all 8,051 words on that page (and i'm sure it's great, i really enjoy his writings) could you tell me if he explains mala practice, and if so, how?

i did a ctrl+f search of the document for "mala", "beads" "mantra" and "chant" and didn't find anything about those things except a small mention of "mantra" but nothing about mala practice.


Layman, no, my post had nothing to do with your question, but is just part of the thread about Master Hua.

In future try to address by name who you are asking and/or copy the post into your questioning post as you did here.



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