A Ch’an Monk Walks Though the Sky

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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.

Original Chinese Language Source Text:

http://pic.people.com.cn/BIG5/164277/16492183.html

中國老照片中的離奇事件 (7)

30年代,四川江油竇圖山上的寺廟,僧侶以簡易的鐵索為橋,踏索越塹。下面雖是凌空萬丈,而照片中的僧侶卻神色若定,步伐穩健,仿佛舊時小說所稱的武林中人。僧人們離群索居,孤山一隅潛心修行,或有修得獨門秘術,以待他日出山替天行道也。

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