Applying Chinese Chan principles to contemporary society
Date: 17th November 2015
Time: 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Location: NTI Wollongong Campus
Address: 231 Nolan Street Unanderra 2526 NSW
Where is the cultivation among busy Humanistic Buddhists?
This seminar explores a recent growing phenomenon, Humanistic Buddhism as espoused by Venerable Master Hsing Yun, the 48th generation lineage holder of Chinese Linji Chan. Linji Chan came into prominence during the Song Dynasty (960 – 1279) and Chan Buddhism in general has been a popular form of Buddhist practice among Chinese Buddhists.
Chinese Chan emphasised enlightenment through daily practice in addition to sitting meditation. For example, Huineng (638 – 713) rejected sitting meditation without active understanding of intrinsic nature and Linji Yixuan (d. 866) recognised intellectual emancipation as its real mission.
Through innovative methods, individuals discovered reality through their own efforts and life experiences. Venerable Master Hsing Yun followed this tradition of inventiveness to progressively bring Buddhism closer to the people so that Buddha’s teachings of happiness, virtues, purity and enlightenment can be cultivated in this life, in the here and now.
Through a comparison of Hsing Yun's works with noted Chan masters, this seminar will explore how wholesome, humanistic values have been an important feature of Chan practice.