“A special transmission outside the scriptures; No dependence upon words and letters; Direct pointing at the soul of man; Seeing into one's nature and the attainment of Buddhahood.”
—— Bodhidharma
“Enlightenment comes when we do not attach to anything.”
—— diamond sutra
“A secret law of practice? Hunger comes to eat and sleepy to sleep.”
—— Dazhu Huihai
“Originally there is no Bodhi-tree, Nor any mirror-stand bright. Originally there is nothing at all. Where could the dust alight?”
—— Huineng
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A new arrival said to master Zhaozhou Congshen, "I came from Chang'an with a cane horizontally carried on my back, but I never touched a person. Master Zhaozhou said, "This is because your cane is too short."
——Compendium of Five Lamps
Chan Buddhism is a Chinese school of Mahāyāna Buddhism, which was transmited by Indian Chan master Bodhidharma. It influenced China in many aspects after the succession of sixth patriarch Huineng.
Chan Buddhism does not focus on the authority of the scriptures, but still practices according to the deeper spiritual meaning behind the scriptures.
Koan practice is a unique teaching and practice approach in Chan Buddhism. Chan masters used Koan to train disciples to see the nonduality and to provoke the "great doubt", or to judge a disciple's depth of enlightment.
The founder of Chinese Chan Buddhism was Bodhidharma. After the period of the six Patriarchs, many great Chan masters from the lineage of Huineng created and established the "golden age" of Chan.
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