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 In Sanskrit, sutra means ‘thread’ as in a string of pearls forming one complete necklace. Sutras are thus pearls of the Buddha’ s wisdom (prajna) threaded to form a vast, cohesive body of
 By Gilbert M. Gutierrez (Dharma heir of Master Sheng Yen)It is often said in Chan literature that there are 84,000 doors to the practice and 84,000 obstructions. The door that resonates with my
You Are Already Enlightened Thursday, November 8, 2012 At 10:19PMGuo Gu, a longtime student of the late Master Sheng Yen, presents an experiential look at the Chan practice of silent
Commentary: Newtown and the Three PoisonsThursday, February 14, 2013 At 4:01PMEXERPTED FROM THE SPRING 2013 ISSUE OF BUDDHADHARMA: THE PRACTITIONER'S QUARTERLYby Guo GuMy teacher, the late Master
The word "Chan" can mean enlightenment, and enlightenment can be understood to mean realizing "the first meaning," or "the ultimate truth." In Chan, there is also what is called "secondary