Chan and Chan Qi

发布日期:2018-01-26   字体大小:   

Patriarch Bodhidharma once said, “Our mind must be like a wall in order to reach realization, without grasping of external appearance and with equanimity of mind.” This statement refers to Mahayana’s Wall-Gazing dharma gate, whereby we use one thought to overcome all the tens of millions of thoughts. Only then can we achieve our monastic vow. As the ancestral monastery of Chan sect, Shaolin Temple considers the recognition of meditation as the most important and critical process of restoring the tradition and continuing the development of Shaolin Temple. By omitting meditation, we lose everything. By reviving meditation, we revive Shaolin’s root foundation. Because of this, I have a number of disciples who insist on staying in thatched shacks and engage in practice of asceticism, and the monks at Shaolin Temple insist on engaging the longstanding tradition of jointly undergoing “Chan Qi” or “Chan Seven” (engaging in seven days of retreat according to the Chan sect’s practice methods. At Shaolin Temple, the Shaolin Chan Qi is actually a series of seven sessions of meditation practice totaling forty-nine days).

According to Shaolin Temple’s rules, summer is mainly for expounding and studying sutras, and winter is mainly for Chan Qi and sitting-meditation. During the cold weather of winter with the grains in storage, it is easier for people to reign in their mind, and therefore, the perfect time for Chan Qi. In the past, many masters and achieved practitioners had attained enlightenment when they were undergoing Chan Qi in the meditation hall. (From Shaolin Temple in My Heart)