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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.

 

 

 

 

禪觀簡介(新)

 

 

穿越紅塵生死,回歸永恆純靈

加拿大維多利亞島的郊區有條黃金溪(Goldstream),每年十月到十一月皆有大批的鮭魚迴流,看到那種生命的壯烈與奮鬥,流溢在整整一條河中,而這是生命成長顯像的最佳寫照。

鮭魚何以會如此堅持回到牠的出生地而安詳的死亡?這是每一位魚類專家們所孜孜探討的課題、我們在探討生命的存在時,發現河床的本身存在著「魚兒們的母親」的溫情,這種母親溫情的招喚使得鮭魚的生命「自然的」回到母親的懷抱裡,這是一種魚的「生命存在本質」。

人們如今流浪在紅塵生命中,度過的許多時間,可能不只今生今世而已!無始劫來流浪生死,如今在徹底的「覺與悟」的情勢中,運用強烈的意志力來追求生命的真相,整條河就像百萬大軍廝殺的戰場、死傷遍野、魚兒們的壯烈動作,正是參禪的寫照。

生命就是那麼的純然,這不是死亡!這正是永恆的開始,這個純靈永恆的開始才是華嚴禪觀真正迷人的所在。

華嚴禪觀正是實踐生命的存在與純然的康莊大道,是實踐與兌現那永恆的完美世界,它不是理念,而是真正的境界,這種止於至善的永恆人生,是華嚴禪觀單純而遠大的目標。

 

什麼是華嚴禪觀

生命的盡頭是什麼?人生的價值與意義是什麼?從古至今,不同的民族、國家乃至於宗教探尋的,都是生命止於至善的「那個」。是「佛」也好,是「阿拉」也罷,抑或稱之為是高不可攀的「真理」;不論您如何定義「那個」,皆代表千百年來人類對於「那個」的追尋和企盼。

「華嚴禪觀」,是引領生命邁向止於至善的修行工法,要領在於完全拋開大腦意識思惟,釋放出生命的初始力量。現代社會資訊繁雜,過多的訊息影響人的思惟與心性;「華嚴禪觀」的指導,在於擺脫大腦思惟繁複的過程,而直接進行身與心的穩定訓練,讓我們回歸簡單而單純的念頭,進入「定靜安慮得」的狀態。

不醫不藥,不假藉外力,華嚴禪觀的體驗與成效皆是您身體力行親自實踐的真功夫,使你恢復身體與生命本能。

 

我們的特色

結合印度大乘瑜伽(Mahayana Yoga)及中國臨濟宗禪法,將瑜伽派的「動態行法」與「禪觀心法」重新合流,成一套完整精密—生命改造工程。

將「身」與「心」轉到靈性的世界裏,「超越識性」拋開大腦的意識思惟,以「不用大腦」的方式,釋放人體生命的初始力量。

整套工程的培訓是有系統、有目標、有傳承,可重複、可驗證、可教導、有跡可尋,不再是神秘不可說的生命境界。    

華嚴禪觀與一般禪修有何不同

在動靜中-釋放、淬鍊、修復、重生

結合「動」與「靜」

「靜坐」已成為「禪」的刻板印象-外向如如不動,實則心猿意馬,若不能將內心深鎖的雜念妄念予以釋放,恐怕難以臻如如不動的內外合一之境。加上現代人內在元氣不足,暖身不夠,所以結合「動」與「靜」是針對現代人的情況的必要作法。

 

先「釋放負能量」後「補充正能量」

在華嚴課程中,「釋放負能量」時,學員在意識清楚下感受到身體反應不受大腦控制(如:不自主落淚、顫動等)及禪觀行法中的「不用大腦」。這並不是以催眠或暗示的方式,導引學員盡情「發洩」內心之壓抑,而是本禪宗心法體會生體(生理之體)與生命兩者之別。在「釋放負能量」後更應「補充正能量」,引入正念、正信,才是銜接「入定」的關鍵步驟。

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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. 

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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. 

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“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.

Contact Information

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)

triple.crane@huayenworld.org 

*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.