Introduction of Chan-Kuan
Breaking through Samsara and the cyclic birth
Return to the eternal purity
At the Goldstream Meadows, on the outskirts of Greater Victoria, Canada, thousands of salmon return between October and November each year. That heroic vibe and struggle of life overflowing through the entire river is the best portrayal of life’s growth.
Why does salmon insist on returning to its birth place and die peacefully? This is the subject that every fish biologist has been diligently exploring. When we were exploring the existence of life, we found that the riverbank itself bears an intimacy bond like one of the “mother fish”. This cozy and mother-like call of nature makes salmon naturally return to the mother's embrace. This is “life’s nature” of the fish.
People nowadays are drifting in their samsara life, over a very long time, but may not necessarily just in this life, could have been endless eons already. Now under the circumstance of thorough “reflection and realization”, using strong willpower to pursue the truth of life. It’s as if the whole river becomes a battlefield, where millions of troops confront, with the wounded and dead everywhere. This heroic move of the fishes, is exactly the portrayal of Chan-Kuan.
Life is as pure as such. This is not death! This is in fact the beginning of eternity. This beginning of eternal purity is the true fascinating part of Huayen Chan-Kuan.
Huayen Chan-Kuan is the broad path of realizing the existence and pureness of life; it is the practice and realization of the eternal perfect world. It is not an ideal, but a real experience. This eternal life of “endless pursuing the absolute perfection (止於至善)” is the simple and lofty goal of Huayen Chan-Kuan.
What is Huayen Chan-Kuan?
What is the end of life? What is the value and meaning of life? Throughout history, different nations, countries, including religions are all searching for “that” -- the perfect end. Either it is called “Buddha”, or “Allah”, or calling it the highest “Truth”, no matter how you define “that”, they all represent the thousands of years of pursuit and hope of human beings for “that”.
“Huayen Chan-Kuan”, is the practical method that leads to absolute perfection. The key point is to completely abandon the mind and thinking, and release the initial force of life. Information in modern society is complicated. Too much information affects people’s mind and consciousness. The teaching of Huayen Chan-Kuan is to get rid of the complicated thinking process of mind, and directly train the stability of body and mind, which allows us to return to simple and innocent thought, further enter Dhyana, the tranquil and peaceful status.
Without medications, external forces, the experience and effectiveness of Huayen Chan-Kuan are the real practice that you have to put yourself through, so that you can restore the intrinsic nature of body and life.
Our unique features
Combining the Indian Mahayana Yoga and Chinese Lin-Ji School Chan (Zen) method, we reunite the Yoga school’s “Dynamic Active-Method” with “Chan-Kuan’s Subtle-Method” into a complete system of precision driven -- Life Transformation Project.
Transfer “body” and “mind” to the spiritual world; “Overtake Consciousness” and abandon the mind-domination; using the “without mind-domination” method, unleash the initial vital force of human life.
The training of the entire project has its system, goal, and lineage. It can be repeated, verified, taught, and tracked. It is no longer a mysterious and unspeakable state of life.
What makes Huayen Chan-Kuan unique from other Chan (Zen) practices?
Activity working to Stillness -- Release, Refine, Restore, Revive
Combine “Active” and “Stillness”
“Sitting Meditation” has become the stereotype of Chan (Zen) practice - looks calm and tranquil physically but the heart wanders like a monkey and the mind gallops like a horse. If you cannot let go the thoughts and delusions deeply locked in your mind, it will be difficult to attain the “immutability of the absolute (如如不動)” (achieve stillness both physically and mentally). In addition, modern day people’s internal vitality is insufficient and they lack internal heat. Therefore, combining “Active" and “Stillness” is a necessary method that is suitable for modern people.
First “release negative energy”, then “replenish positive energy”
Through Huayen's course, when “releasing negative energy”, students while under clear consciousness, could experience uncontrolled body reactions (such as involuntary tears, tremors, etc) as well as the “without-mind-domination” state of Chan-Kuan. This is by no means of hypnosis or implicit suggestions to guide the students into releasing their inner suppressions, but rather it’s through our school’s core method on experiencing the difference of “body” and “life”. Following “releasing negative energy”, it is more appropriate to “replenish positive energy”. The introduction of right mindfulness and right faith are the key steps linking into Dhyan.
East Mountain School Teaching
Chan-Kaun & East Mountain School Teaching
Triple Crane Retreat Center is part of the East Mountain School Teaching, which is one of the many lineages of Chan-Kaun. Below you will find the "Blue Print" giving an overview of the spiritual phases observed in East Mountain linages.
Ashtanga Yoga & Chan-Kaun
Master Sea Cloud has shown the connections and similarities between Chan-Kaun practice and Ashtanga Yoga in the Yoga Sutra, also known as the Eightfold Path of Sage Patanjali. Below you will find a chart highlighting the similarites in these profound time tested teachings.
As an authorized lineage carrier of Lord Lakulishas ancient linage, and Chan Buddhism Master Sea Cloud has clarity and insight to explain the nuances between these two great systems.
“Yoga is not asana; yoga is a spiritual doing and growing.”
Venerable Master Haiyun, Mentor of Taiwan Da Huayen Monastery.
“Chan-kuan is not meditation; Chan-kuan is going on the quest for the essence, the truth, and the origin of life.” Venerable Master Haiyun, Mentor of Taiwan Da Huayen Monastery.
We are currently holding Chan-kuan retreats in every spring and fall*. If you are interested in or have any questions about it, please feel free to contact: Master Zhong Hai (Winnie)
*Due to the pandemic Chan-Kuan retreats are not currently being scheduled. We look forward to adding them on to our schedule in the future.