Translated by Adrian Chan-Wyles PhD
A photograph from the 1930’s showing a Ch’an Buddhist monk in China serenely walking across a very narrow bridge comprised of a narrow chain of iron links over a drop of thousands of a feet. This monk is from the Ch’an Temple on Mount Dou Tu, not far from the area of Sichuan province known as Jiangyou. This test of tranquillity and balance derives from the fact that these Ch’an monks also practice Chinese martial arts as part of their meditative training. This training is like that which has been recorded in novels, but its practice is rarely seen in real life as these monks live a life of strict isolation on the mountain, practicing seated meditation and perfected movement. All these monks pursue the Dao of the Divine-sky (hence the ability to walk through the sky) whilst devoutly upholding the Vinaya Discipline.
©opyright: Adrian Chan-Wyles (ShiDaDao) 2015.
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