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20110507 Four Elements are Void and Meditation


Buddhism, Blue Cliff Record, Meditation, Koan

Buddhism, Blue Cliff Record, Meditation, Koan

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  • 1. Buddhist Association of Canada
    Cham Shan Temple
    加拿大佛教會 湛山精舍 禪修學佛入門
    Introduction to
    Buddhism and Meditation
  • 2. Buddhist Association of Canada
    Cham Shan Temple
    ná mó fó tuó
    南 無 佛 陀
    Namo Buddha
    ná mó dá mó
    南 無 達 摩
    Namo Dharma
    ná mó sēng qié
    南 無 僧 伽
    Namo Sangha
  • 3. Basic Terms
    5 aggregates (skandhas)
    4 elements
    6 sense organs, 6 sense objects, 6 sense consciousness
    12 links of causation (nidāna)
    4 noble truths and 8 fold path
    6 paramitas
    4 persuasions
    3 / 5 vehicles
    10 realms
  • 4. Basic Terms
    10 Chinese schools
    Life story of the Buddha
    Buddhist History in India
    Buddhist History in China
  • 5. Buddhist Practice and Cultivation in Four Lines
    1 Take refuge in the Three Treasures of the Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha.
    2 Earnestly cultivate the Three Perfections of Morality, Calmness, and Wisdom.
    3 Shed the Three Poisons of Greed, Anger and Delusion.
    4 Purify the Three Karmas of Action, Speech and Thought.
  • 6. Buddhist Practice and Cultivation in Four Lines
  • 7. The Sixth Chán Patriarch Dàjiàn Huineng (638-713, 六祖大鑒慧能大師)
    The body is the Bodhi tree;
    The mind is like a stand of bright mirror.
    Be always diligent in polishing it;
    Do not let it attract any dust.
    Originally, there is no Bodhi tree;
    Nor any stand of bright mirror.
    Originally, there is not a single thing,
    Where could any dust be alight?
  • 8. The Sixth Chán Patriarch Dàjiàn Huineng (638-713, 六祖大鑒慧能大師)
    How unexpectedly, the self-natures are originally pure.
    How unexpectedly, the self-natures are originally neither born nor ceased.
    How unexpectedly, the self-natures are originally self-sufficient.
    How unexpectedly, the self-natures are originally without movement.
    How unexpectedly, the self-natures are able to generate everything.
  • 9. Pilgrimage Questions:
    Traditional Teaching of the Patriarch
    Traditional Training method of the Patriarch
    Traditional Practice method of the Patriarch
    Current teaching of the Monastery
    Current training method of the Monastery
    Current practice method of the Monastery
  • 10. Meditation禪修
    Towards a
    Liberated and
    Enlightened Life
  • 11. Samatha – Calm Abiding
    How to train our monkey mind?
    Use tools to progress in nine stages of calming abiding i.e. mindfulness and vigilance
    Use methods discribed in “Lamp on the Path to Enlightenment” by Atisha.
    To be successful in calm abiding and the perfectly concentrated, you need to begin with six collections of causes/conditions.
  • 12. Six Collection of Causes/Conditions to Samatha
    Abiding in a harmonious or a conducive place
    To have fewer desires
    To be content
    To be free of the hustle and bustle of a lot of different activities.
    To be able to protect well whatever resolution one has taken. ["pure morality" or moral discipline.]
    Reduce one’s attachment to objects of desire.
  • 13. Nine Stages of Calming Abiding 九住心
    Placement - Monk chasing elephant and monkey 內住
    Fixation with some continuety續住
    Patch-like placement 安住
    Close placement or Good fixation 近住
    Becoming disciplined 調順
    Pacifying or becoming peaceful 寂靜
    Fully pacifying 最極寂靜
    Becoming single-pointed 專住一趣
    Fixed absorption or meditative equipoise 等持
  • 14. Five Hindrances
    1) Laziness;
    2) Forgetting the Object;
    3) Sinking and excitement;
    4) Not applying the antidotes;
    5) Over-application of the antidotes.
  • 15. Antidotes
    1) faith;
    2) aspiration;
    3) perseverance;
    4) blissful pliancy of mind;
    5) mindfulness;
    6) introspection;
    7) applying the antidotes;
    8) non-application of antidoteswhen they’re not necessary.
  • 16. Four Great Elements
    In Buddhism, the four Great Elements (Pali: cattāromahābhūtāni) are earth, water, fire and air. Mahābhūta is generally synonymous with catudhātu, which is Pāli for the "Four Elements."In early Buddhism, the Four Elements are a basis for understanding and for liberating oneself from suffering. They are categories used to relate to the sensible physical world, and are conceived of not as substances, but as sensorial qualities.
  • 17.
  • 18.
  • 19. Kalapas
    The Buddha's teaching regarding the four elements is to be understood as the base of all observation of real sensations rather than as a philosophy. The four properties are cohesion (water), solidity or inertia (earth), expansion or vibration (air) and heat or energy content (fire). He promulgated a categorization of mind and matter as composed of eight types of "kalapas" of which the four elements are primary and a secondary group of four are color, smell, taste, and nutriment which are derivative from the four primaries.
    The Buddha's teaching of the four elements does predate Greek teaching of the same four elements.[citation needed] This is possibly explained by the fact that he sent out 60 arahants to the known world to spread his teaching; however it differs in the fact that the Buddha taught that the four elements are false and that form is in fact made up of much smaller particles which are constantly changing.[citation needed]
  • 20.
    • Earth element (paṭhavī-dhātu)Internal earth elements include head hair, body hair, nails, teeth, skin, flesh, sinews, bone, organs, intestinal material, etc.[9]
    • 21. Water (or liquid) element (āpo-dhātu)Internal water elements include bile, phlegm, pus, blood, sweat, fat, tears, nasal mucus, urine, etc.[10]
    • 22. Fire element (tejo-dhātu)Internal fire elements include those bodily mechanisms that produce physical warmth, aging, digestion, etc.
    • 23. Air (or wind) element (vāyo-dhātu)Internal air elements includes air associated with the pulmonary system (for example, for breathing), the intestinal system ("winds in the belly and ... bowels"), etc.
  • Fifth andSixth elements
    In addition to the above four elements of underived matter, two other elements are occasionally found in the Pali Canon:[13]
    • Space element (ākāsa-dhātu)Internal space elements includes bodily orifices such as the ears, nostrils, mouth, anus, etc.
    • 24. Consciousness element (viññāṇa-dhātu)Described as "pure and bright" (parisuddhaṃ pariyodātaṃ), used to cognize the three feelings (vedana) of pleasure, pain and neither-pleasure-nor-pain, and the arising and passing of the sense contact (phassa) upon which these feelings are dependent.
  • Soteriological Application
    The Four Elements are used in Buddhist texts to both elucidate the concept of suffering (dukkha) and as an object of meditation. The earliest Buddhist texts explain that the four primary material elements are the sensory qualities solidity, fluidity, temperature, and mobility; their characterization as earth, water, fire, and air, respectively, is declared an abstraction – instead of concentrating on the fact of material existence, one observes how a physical thing is sensed, felt, perceived.[18]
  • 25. Understanding Suffering
    The Four Elements pertinence to the Buddhist notion of suffering comes about due to:
    • The Four Elements are the primary component of "form" (rūpa).
    • 26. "Form" is first category of the "Five Aggregates" (khandhas).
    • 27. The Five Aggregates are the ultimate basis for suffering (dukkha) in the "Four Noble Truths."
    Schematically, this can be represented in reverse order as:
    Four Noble Truths -> Suffering -> Aggregates -> Form -> Four Elements
    Thus, to deeply understand the Buddha's Four Noble Truths, it is beneficial to have an understanding of the Great Elements.
  • 28. With Which Element of This Man are You Angry?
    "My friend who has retired from the world and is angry with this man, tell me what it is you are angry with? Are you angry with the hair of the head, or with the hair of the body, or with the nails, etc.? Or are you angry with the earthy element in the hair of the head and the rest? Or are you angry with the watery element, or with the fiery element, or with the windy element in them? What is meant by the venerable N. N. is only the five groups, the six organs of sense, the six objects of sense, and the six sense-consciousnesses. With which of these are you angry? Is it with the form-group? Or is it with the sensation-group, perception-group, psychic constructions-group, or consciousness-group? Or are you angry with an organ of sense, or an object of sense, or a sense-consciousness?"
  • 29. Questions and Comments 討論
    Shengguang Shi 釋聖光
    Tom Cheung 張相棠
    Kam Cheung 張仁勤
    Dennis Yap 葉普智