By Sheng Yen
This is often an inspiring consultant to the perform of Chan (Chinese Zen) within the phrases of 4 nice masters of that culture. It comprises teachings from modern masters Xuyun and Sheng Yen, and from Jiexian and Boshan of the Ming Dynasty (1368–1644). even though the texts have been written over a interval of hundreds of thousands of years, they're all remarkably lucid and are ideal for newbies in addition to extra complex practitioners this day. the entire details of religious perform are lined: philosophical foundations, tools, ways to difficulties and obstacles—all geared toward aiding the coed reach tips on how to enlightenment.
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More recently, Ajahn Thanasanti has been living in Australia, where she continues to study, practise and teach. Working With Pain by Ajahn Thanasanti H aving spent the day speaking with different people and getting a little bit of a sense where people are in their practice, some themes emerge. One of the themes which emerges is pain: how to work with pain, how to be at ease with pain. A fundamental problem is that we have the expectation that there shouldn’t be any pain; and that when there is, something has gone wrong.
It’s not a failure to feel these things. It’s not a punishment. It is part of life; it’s part of this human journey. So the difference between pain and suffering is the difference between freedom and bondage. If we’re able to be with our pain, then we can accept, investigate and heal. Where we cling is where we suffer, but when we simply feel the naked pain on its own, our suffering dies... That’s the death we need to die. Through ignorance, through our inability to see Dhamma, to see things as they really are, we create so many prisons.
Ajahn Sundara W hen the Buddha taught the First Noble Truth, he said that taking refuge in human existence is an unsatisfactory experience. If one attaches to this mortal frame, one will suffer. Not getting what you want is painful - that’s quite easy to relate to. Getting what you don’t want can also be painful. But as we walk a little further in the footsteps of the Buddha, even getting what we want is painful! This is the beginning of the path of awakening. When we realise that getting what we want in the material world is unsatisfactory too, that’s when we start to mature.
Attaining the Way: A Guide to the Practice of Chan Buddhism by Sheng Yen