CH'AN SESSION AT THE
CITY OF TEN THOUSAND BUDDHAS
the opening of the three-week session, the Venerable Master Hua spoke the
thousand Buddhas emit a light to illumine this City.
thousand people think it over the Way is always equal.
thousand dharmas return to one we all get enlightened together.
thousand beings gather to light the lamp of wisdom.
meditation continued non-stop from 2:45 A.M. to midnight. Walking and
sitting at given intervals participants obeyed the non-verbal commands of
the traditional wooden fish and small hand-bell used to signal changes.
Silence prevailed while everyone worked on the mind-ground asking
"Who is mindful of the Buddha?" or "What was my original
face before my parents bore me?" or other such hua tou, meditational
the final day, during the last hours, the Venerable Master spoke the
following verse for everyone to consider as the session came to an end.
year on this day the Ch'an session ends.
who seek name and profit will be off to the east and west.
out both legs; close both eyes:
Patriarch taught the parrot that plan to leave the cage.
SOON FROM THE BUDDHIST TEXT TRANSLATION SOCIETY:
TO YOURSELF; THINK EVERYTHING OVER, 4 weeks of instructional talks given
during a Kuan Yin Recitation Session and three weeks of Ch’an at Gold
Mountain Monastery. The Venerable Master’s clear guidance on the methods
of recitation and meditation, stories of cultivation, efficacious
responses from the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, questions and answers.