Category: Meditation & Practice

What is Chan?

Chan is meditation throughout our lives. When we live with Chan, the taste of food and feel of clothes will change. We will not feel difficulty when dealing with our affairs. Any matter can be laughed away. The human world has its ups and down, but when we have a Chan mind it is like…

The Significance of Breathing

In the Sutra of Forty-Two Sections, the Buddha asked his disciples, “How long is one’s life?” One of the monks replied, “A few years.” The next one answered, “A few days!” Another one said, “Less than one day!” Another responded, “Between meals!” Finally, the Buddha said, “Life lasts for the duration of one breath.” Life…

Lamp Offering

Photo from Hsi Lai Temple Offering lamps at Buddhist temples and stupas is a common practice. The Flower Adornment Sutra says, The lamp of wisdom can break through all forms of darkness. As such, lamps represent the light of wisdom that pierces through the darkness of ignorance. This empowers sentient beings encumbered by confusion. The…