Patriarchal Ch’an, as I have experienced it, refers to the method of realising the empty mind ground here and now, and integrating this realisation with
The mind must still be ‘calmed’ before these methods work, regardless of lineage. However, Zhao Bichen considered his main masters to be two Ch’an Buddhist monks (who together passed on the Wu Liu Daoist lineage to him). Their input added the Ch’an method of ‘hua tou’ to the Daoist practice.
An ongoing work of art – it is what it is…
This tension ‘stiffens’ the leg muscles and makes them very difficult to stretch or loosen. To remedy this situation, spend time loosening the lower back muscles.
The point of this awareness training is to remove all blockages that restrict qi flow in the numerous energy channels throughout the body, and attain a robust health (through strengthening and integration of qi energy, essential nature [jing], and empty spirit [shen]).
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.