Within Ch’an, what else is required?
Therefore the characters ‘慧剑’ (hui jian) represent a distinctly ‘Buddhist’ method of clearing the mind that is as decisive as a blow from a sharp sword used in scholarly self-defence. Despite its obvious Buddhist origin and undertones – the ‘sword’ is a clear concession to the Confucian establishment as it strove to integrate foreign Indian Buddhist thought, with that of Chinese indigenous understanding and belief.
Therefore, for the Buddha, there was no difference between Rahula and all sentient beings – and no difference between all sentient beings and Rahula. The Buddha made a point of teaching all beings with equal attention. As a consequence of this effort, Rahula attained Arhatship whilst still in his early twenties.
Original Picture and Text By: Phoenix Chinese Buddhism Photography (Translated by Adrian Chan-Wyles PhD) Excellent and Bright Vulture Peak Dharma Evening Event Dharma Master Xin
The Buddha said: Headman, just like that field with good soil are my monks and nuns. To them I preach the Doctrine, beautiful in its
Original Chinese Source Text: China Buddhism Altar – by Kong Zhu (Translated by Adrian Chan-Wyles PhD) The origination: Saluting our teacher Shakyamuni Buddha! Saluting our