Ultimate reality is not bounded by any manifestation, yet actual practice embraces all of them.
– Zen Master
action without awareness is child, action with awareness is adult
stillness with awareness is deep sleep/meditation, stillness without awareness is samadhi
Where is Dao? …shh……
Broad minds see goodness, narrow minds see badness.
If don’t acknowledge goodness, one would not feel gratitude, if frequently remember badness, one would not feel serenity.
– 南懷瑾老師 (1918-2012)
Buddhist heart, Taoist bones, Confucius persona, compassionately perceive the world;
Skills on hands, abilities in body, thinking via the brain, serenely live life.
– Master Nan-Huai-Chin (1918-2012)
“Derek is a genuine man of wisdom, and an authentic spiritual teacher who embodies and masterfully passes on the wisdom of Buddhist, Taoist and Confucian traditions that he absorbed from both traditional and contemporary teachers. He is of gentle, intelligent, kind disposition, and a heart of compassion that moves him to generously disseminate and share the wisdom of Chinese culture and civilizations with the rest of the world. Not to be missed to mention among those are the various ways of healing, psychological renovation and spiritual advancement which lead to longevity, optimism and happy life….” full letter
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Advance weekend intensive at the Yoga Center Minneapolis:
Five animal qigong workshop at School of Shaolin Kungfu:
Essential principles in Chinese Spirituality/ Practical considerations in spiritual cultivation at Formless Form Qigong:
Integrating Daoist Confucius and Buddhist teachings into a personal philosophy and practice Lecture at Macalester College:
Taoist Meditation workshop at Body Balance Academy:
The way to longevity is to cultivate the spirit; the key in cultivating the spirit is to cultivate virtue. If virtue is absence, longevity cannot be achieved no matter what medicine you take. – Tang Dynasty Medical master Sun Si Miao.
養生之道, 重在養神; 養神之要, 重在養德.
德行不全, 縱服玉液金丹, 未能廷壽. – 唐代名醫孫思邈
After 26 months of discussion and exploration, we have finally completed our online discussion on the core teachings of the three great classics in Chinese Civilization.
With the focus on personal and spiritual cultivation, we first learnt about the transcendental reality and the way towards it from Laozi’s Daodejing. After understanding our self, and going beyond it, we then learnt the importance of fulfilling our personal, family and social responsibility in the world through practical advises from Confucius’s Analects. Finally, after mastering the world and the reality beyond it, we learnt from the Buddhist Diamond Sutra that all teachings and phenomena, no matter how extraordinary and spectacular, are temporary like dreams and bubble and therefore are not to be attached.
If we can gain a throughout understanding of these three classics, and integrate them into our daily life, then a solid foundation is laid on the roadway of personal and spiritual cultivation. Hopefully these discussions could serve as an opening door and overall guidance for further studies and practice.
This concludes this series of our online classes. As Laozi said, “excessive speeches exhaust our reason, it’s better to stay centered.” The foundation understanding of cultivation has been laid and it is time for practice and integration into our life. If you have further question on the topics mentioned, you may contact me for advice or further discussion. Thank you for your interest and support all along.
Best wishes to you in your life, studies, and practices.
With every beginning this is an end. After 9 months of exploration and discussion, we have finally come to the end of this classic. In this last chapter, the Buddha reiterates the blessings of following and sharing this sutra, and reminds us again that we should not attached to various forms when sharing the wisdom of this Sutra. Why? The Buddha summarizes this into a four-line stanzas:
一切有为法 如梦幻泡影 如露亦如电 应作如是观
All self-based phenomena, are like bubbles and dreams;
like dews and lightening, should perceived as such.
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“Subhuti, if on the one hand, someone gave away in alms (dana) the seven treasures inquantities sufficient to fill all the worlds in uncount-able aeons, and if on the other hand, a virtuous man or woman developed the Bodhi-mind, and received, held (in mind), read and recited even a four-line stanza of this sutra and expounded it to others, the latter’s merit would surpass that of the former.
一切有为法 如梦幻泡影 如露亦如电 应作如是观
“In what manner should it be taught to others? By teaching it without attachment to form with the immutability of the absolute. “Why is it?
“Because: All phenomena are like a dream, an illusion, a bubble and a shadow, Like dew and lightning. Thus should you meditate upon them.”
When the Buddha had finished expounding this sutra, the elder Subhuti, together with bhiksus, bhiksunis, upasakas, upasikas, and all the worlds of devas, men and asuras who had listened to His teaching, were filled with joy and believed received and observed it.
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