The Chan doctrine of the Mind was handed down through Mahakasyapa and his successors in India and reached China where it was eventually transmitted to Master Hui-neng, its Sixth (Chinese) Patriarch. This was the Transmission of the Right Dharma which then flourished (all over China).
The Buddha clearly taught that ‘rebirth’ only seems to exist in the deluded state, but that in the enlightened state, no such agency exists.
Master Xu Yun always pursued a strict vegetarian diet, and was and ardent supporter of animal welfare.
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 venerable Xu Yun (who lived to 120 years old) was in attendance of this meeting when these monks arrived and made their case. He listened quietly to these monks and then hit his palm on the table in an angry manner. He stated that a Buddhist monk and his robe cannot be separated, and that in China, a Buddhist robe signifies the practice of both strict celibacy and vegetarianism – without the Vinaya Discipline – Chinese Buddhism simply would not make sense.
Within the Chinese Buddhist tradition, there are seven classes of disciples: