What are the Doctrines of the Chan School?

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“Chan” is short for “Channa”, the Chinese transliteration of Jhana (S. Dhayana), meaning meditation or contemplation in tranquility, also known as Chanding (Samadhi practice). This practice is to make the mind concentrate on one point of an object, and keep contemplating in order to become aware of the true nature of one’s own mind. It is known as “Can Chan” in Chinese, so this school is called the Chan School, or Jhana School. There are a number of types of “Chan”, including Savaka Jhana, Bodhisatta Jhana, Step by Step Jhana and Jhana of Immediate Enlightenment. In Jhana studies, there is special Chinese subject different from others, that is Chan sect, which claim “transmission of Dhamma without recourse to the scriptures”. It is not the traditional Jhana, but the Jhana of the Patriarch, which emphasizes “Direct pointing at the mind of the man, and the attainment of immediate enlightenment”. (From Essentials of Buddhism: Questions and Answers)