Dear B The traditional Ch’an answer is that the only concern for a Ch’an Teacher is that the Student or Dosciple directly perceives the empty mind ground at all times –
Within modern (material) science, empty space is defined as the measurable distance between two objects. This is correct and an undeniable fact. Of course, for
Needless to say, the traditional Chinese Ch’an Buddhist – Master Xu Yun – had no formal or informal ties or connections to Japanese Zen Buddhism, and never practised (or advocated others to practice) a Japanese Zen that does not follow the Vinaya Disciple, and which deviates from established Ch’an practice.
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).
Immoral behaviour is a physical manifestation of immoral psychological patterns operating in the mind, and its presence serves as a permanent ‘block’ to any advancement toward enlightenment.
Become aware of the cycles of happiness and grief and do not be arrogant,