A Culture Is Shaped with the Blessings of Its Historical Origin and Cultural Heritage

发布日期:2018-04-19   字体大小:   

A culture is shaped with the blessings of its historical origin and cultural heritage. Having visited places such as India and Nepal, gone on pilgrimages to holy sites that relate to Buddha and thorough studied history, I feel that India’s Buddhism is not entirely the same as China’s Buddhism. Indian Buddhism emphasizes traditional meditation and many monks have exceptional achievements in meditation, even attaining the state of perfection. There were many Chinese Buddhists who practiced meditation in the time before Chan Buddhism was founded in China. An example was Gao Shi-an, who spread the teaching of Chan and translated many Buddhist canons. However, after Bodhiharma came to China, the approach to meditation no longer followed the Indian meditative approach whereby a practitioner would stay away from the world, engage in asceticism and focus on the pursuit of deep contemplation and meditation. Instead, the practice of dharma and meditation are integrated into all aspects of everyday life, whereby meditation is not separated from eating and sleeping or daily living, and one could engage in contemplative meditation in everything that he does and realize awakening at any moment. Just as the saying goes, “Walking is Chan, sitting is Chan, abide in a state of mindfulness when talking, when silent, when moving or when staying still.” This is where Chinese Chan and Indian meditation differs. (From Shaolin Temple in My Heart)