Shaolin Temple is located in Dengfeng City, Henan Province of China. Disciple's Home of Shaolin Temple is newly furnished to host the overseas Shaolin Disciples with comfortable accommodation, basic facility, and exotic Chinese food. It is only 10 minutes walking distance from Shaolin Temple.
If a person do not possesses daily practice according to a certain scripture, no correct faith, correct vow and correct practices, it is difficult for him to enter into the particular monkish sorts of frame of mind when investigating a topic. It is said that there have been many people becoming nervous after investigating a topic, which is because that he or she has not enough virtuous roots, no daily practice cleaving to a certain scripture. (From Words of Chan by Shi Yongxin)
What does Buddha say? Isn’t it difficult to understand? I tell you that truth Buddha has found is very easy. I even don’t think people will believe it so easy like this. Even Buddha couldn’t believe it so easy when enlightening the truth. The book says that after enlightenment, Buddha was unwilling to teach others the truth because he was afraid of being laughed at. The truth Buddha enlightened as well as content he preached whose core is just the five characters: bu hu si luan xiang (don’t indulge in wild flights of fancy). When a person could achieve that don’t indulge in wild flights of fancy, his heart will become clear and peaceful and worries and miseries will also disappear. 48,000 kinds of Dharma-gate recorded by Sutra covering counting breaths, contemplating from mind or space, chanting, worshiping Buddha or canhuatou (thoughts triggered by Buddha’s words or questions) as well as others whose only purpose is to make people be unable to indulge in wild flights of fancy.
Now many people believe the statement of the Dharma Ending Period and think that Buddhist ethics slump in modern society. In fact, each era’s Buddhist ethics are about the same. Patriarch Bodhidharma taught the “Four Mental Formations”, accounting for exaggerated Buddhist atmosphere at that time; Xuan Zang, a monk in the Tang Dynasty,journeyed to India to seek scriptures, which declared the confusion of Buddhist thought at that time; meditation master Huaihai in Baizhang Mount made monastic rules for Buddhists, which indicated that great monasteries (conglin) had no manners and so on. Browsing through historical records, we can find out that there is always the criticism of the existing society. After reading the Biographies of Eminent Monks and Dharma Lanterns, we would think that eminent monks in Tang Dynasty and Song Dynasty converged. In fact, this was an illusion. The Eminent Monks and Dharma Lamps gathered eminent monks over hundreds of years together. There are no several eminent monks per decade according to average number. we always have great expectations of our own time, which is not a good thing, particularly bad for practitioners. Unreasonable expectation itself is a delusion. We should be common in mind, treating our time and our own cultivation. (From Words of Chan by Shi Yongxin)
There is a saying about monks in society: so long as on remains a monk one goes on tolling the bell. If one could really insist on striking the bell each day, there would be changes of his mind-practice after striking the bell over three or five years. So to speak, his basic skill of Buddhist practice has made great progress at this time. (From Words of Chan by Shi Yongxin)
The Buddha described the world as an unending flux of becoming. All is changeable, continuous transformation, ceaseless mutation, and a moving stream. Everything exists from moment to moment. Everything is a recurring rotation of coming into being and then passing out of existence. Everything is moving from birth to death. Life is a continuous movement of change towards death. The matter or material forms in which life does or does not express itself, are also a continuous movement or change towards decay. This teaching of the impermanent nature on earth partakes of the character of absolute reality. That there will be no death of what is born is impossible. Whatever is subject to origination is subject also to destruction. Change is the very constituent of reality.