By Sheng Yen
This can be an inspiring advisor to the perform of Chan (Chinese Zen) within the phrases of 4 nice masters of that culture. It contains teachings from modern masters Xuyun and Sheng Yen, and from Jiexian and Boshan of the Ming Dynasty (1368–1644). notwithstanding the texts have been written over a interval of countless numbers of years, they're all remarkably lucid and are ideal for newcomers in addition to extra complicated practitioners this present day. the entire details of religious perform are coated: philosophical foundations, equipment, techniques to difficulties and obstacles—all geared toward supporting the scholar reach tips to enlightenment.
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Each step of the way, it’s important to apply to ourselves whatever insights we’ve gained before we share them with others. We must take care of ourselves primarily by understanding and taking care of our own minds. Preaching something to others that we are not striving sincerely to practice ourselves is a sad sort of hypocrisy. Overcoming Obstacles 27 I mentioned earlier that you cannot give others something you don’t have. This is very true emotionally. If you’re feeling upset and anxious, striving to help someone close to you may only get that person anxious as well.
Although such regret isn’t pleasant, if it leads us to change our behavior in the future, then it’s useful. People with the pattern I’m discussing, though, don’t use the energy of regret to make practical changes. Instead, they dwell in it so that it becomes guilt. There is no word for guilt in Tibetan. It’s really a kind of regret gone wrong. With guilt, we get stuck in regret so that it becomes a form of self-torment. Anxiety is similar. ” Fear is a normal response to danger. If it helps us to move away from a poisonous snake or get out of the water when we see a shark’s ﬁn, then it’s a positive response.
When you’re stressed out or overwhelmed, you can’t generate healthy compassion. Stress, grounded as it is in the inner conﬂicts negotiated by the ego, runs counter to developing positive emotions in general and compassion in particular. Freud and Jung did a great job of describing how we get stressed. Our days are ﬁlled with so many desires. Our ego continually struggles with reality, trying to get self-centered desires met. Freud emphasized that the ego is quite small while the outer world is large, unpredictable, and obviously not designed to easily or consistently fulﬁll our wishes.
Attaining the Way: A Guide to the Practice of Chan Buddhism by Sheng Yen