A working class interpretation of a thoroughly bourgeois BBC fluff piece.
Master Xu Yun (in his 82nd year of age) relates the following story in his autobiography: ‘That year (1920/21) Upasaka Zhang Jue-xian took a pair
The Ch’an is reliant upon the establishment of moral restraint, the practice of meditation, and the activation of profound wisdom.
Sitting on a high structure is precarious for an individual, because there is the ever-present danger of ‘falling off’. In such a situation, the practitioner responds by ‘gripping’ ever more tightly to the structure, and will not let go. This is an ‘attachment’ to a lesser state of attainment, an attachment which prevents further progression into the true realms of Ch’an enlightenment.
All legitimate Chinese Ch’an practitioners access the empty mind ground from varying socio-economic conditions that boil down to two distinct positions in life; either that
Having established these facts, it is important to understand that a realised monastic is not limited to his or her social role, and that realised members of lay society are equally not limited to their role. There exists enlightened freedom that functions through specific social roles, but which remains completely ‘free’ of any limitations as defined by those roles.