May 28, 2006 at 7:42 pm #14518
below is a link to some free downloads from a Chan Master from Taiwan, who teaches in the USA, if you have a affinity for these here they are hope you find them useful.
Recommended for Newbies or for review, the monk who wrote this does practice Tai Chi, and Esoteric practices; he believes that all paths should have some foundations; I belive his work is very useful, even if you practice alchemy- emptiness is a good practice to have, no matter what lineage or style you do.
A Summary of
The Sweet Dews of Chan
This is a book about Meditation in various aspects, including fundamental principles, techniques, applications, and stages of advanced practice. First of all, it enunciates the Essentials of Chan Buddhist meditation in Chapter 1, followed by explicating some basic concepts and terms about meditation (Chapter 2). And then in Chapter 3 it goes on to delineate the Advanced Meditations, including
1. The Four Contemplations (i.e. the Contemplations on the Body, Sensations, Mind, and Dharma).
2. The Contemplation on the Four Elements (Earth, Water, Fire, and Air)
3. The Contemplation on the Mind.
4. The Contemplation on Buddha Nature.
Chapter 4 presents the Five Flavors of Chan (i.e. the Five genres of meditation): e.g. (1) the Worldly Meditation, (2) Other Religions Meditation, (3) Minor-Vehicle Chan, (4) Major-Vehicle Chan, and (5) Tathagata Chan.
In Chapter 5 it treats the Five Contemplations for Ceasing the Perturbed Mind:
1. Anapanasmrti (the Breath Contemplation)
2. The Contemplation on Uncleanliness
3. The Contemplation on the Twelve Causality Links
4. The Contemplation on Compassion
5. The Contemplation on Buddhas Merits.
The above are the most important techniques in Buddhist Meditation. Then the following three chapters are the development of the 2nd item above; they are the Three Visualizations:
1. the Contemplation on Defilement (Chapter 6)
2. the Nine Visualizations on a Corpse (Chapter 7)
3. the White-Bone Visualization
And then in Chapters 9 and 10, the Five Stages in Realizing Dhyana are depicted at length. These further include 3 steps:
Step 1: to denounce the Five Desires
Step 2: to renounce to Five Shrouds
Step 3: to execute the Five Cultivations
Finally, in the last chapter, it relates the legend of Running Meditation and the Incense Board.
In essence, this book, though not really big in bulk, it virtually treats almost all the significant aspects that a serious practitioner needs to know concerning Buddhist meditation, both theoretically and practically, and it should be very helpful and informative as a personal practice guide book, or as a textbook or reference book for group practice.
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