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All is complete in the present
 
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Wisdom manifests when we put down our anxiety and afflictions in the mind—and this is meaning that “all is complete in the present.”(17min.)
 
 
 
In Accord with the Dharma
 
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In our daily life, no matter what we say, do or act, we need to maintain a mind of clarity, so our speeches, actions and thoughts will be in accord with the Buddhadharma. Meditation can help us cultivate a clear and stable mind, further enhance our ability to act in accord with the Buddhadharma.(9min.)
 
 
 
How to know ourselves
 
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Spiritual practice leads us to know our self. While being aware of our thoughts in meditation, our thoughts will actually diminish. Finally we will be able to experience and realize that in fact there is no self.(18min.)
 
 
 
Relaxing the body, unifying the body and mind, and leting go of the unified body and mind
 
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In Chan practice, one needs to start with relaxing body and mind, and then move on to the stage of unifying body and mind. In the end one needs to let go of this unified mind, only then can one experience the ultimate goal of Chan practice—no-self.(14min.)
 
 
 
Perceiving the self from the Chan perspective
 
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In Chan tradition, it is taught to perceived the “self “ by methods of contemplation rather than conceptual analysis. Our self changes constantly with the environment, and is therefore impossible to be fully analyzed.. While the function of contemplation is like the light in a pitch-dark room, once it is turned on you can see things clearly.(18min.)
 
 
 
A meditation practitioner should nurture a compassionate mind.
 
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“Compassion” means to forgive, care, and help. A Chan practitioner should develop a mind of compassion and loving-kindness, and thus can broaden his or her mind. When one eliminates one’s greed and hatred, one attains a mind of wisdom and liberation.(13min.)
 
 
 
Content and satisfaction
 
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If we can take the result of our effort as it is without caring for more or less, good or bad, then we will be able to accept it and feel content.(15min.)
 
 
 
Chan and Compassion
 
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The state of Chan is having no vexations and self-attachment; in other words, Chan practice can help one cultivate genuine compassion.(73min.)
 
 
 
The Method of Chan Practice
 
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The state of Chan may be alluring, but the practice of Chan is not readily attainable, it requires one to practice with patience and endurance. However, in the course of practice, our own problems could gradually be solved.(86min.)
 
 
 
Throssel Hole Buddhist AbbeyMorning Session (1)
 
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In July 2000, Master Sheng Yen was invited to Throssel Hole Buddhist Abbey, and held two discussion sessions with the monastic sangha. In the morning session, there were sharing of the progress and experience of personal practice, and Q & A for meditation related questions.(19min.)
 
 
 
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