Zen meditation awakens the Buddha mind — — the unexcelled complete and perfect enlightenment. Zen meditation shows the direct way of experiencing the Dharma — — the eternal truth that governs and sustains the universe. Zen meditation expresses the realization of the harmony of oneself and all life.
Secret of the Flower
The Zen tradition tells the origin of the Buddha mind transmission,
One day, Shakyamuni Buddha has come to Mount Gridhrakuta where hundreds of followers have gathered for the teaching. The deity of the heavens of form welcomes him with flowers, which fall from the sky on the mountain’s slope. While the wind spreads their fragrance and while the wind chants a lovely teaching, the Buddha picks a flower and he holds it aloft. The assembly becomes silent, but only Mahakashyapa recognizes the secret of the flower with a broad quiet smile. Thereupon, the Buddha acknowledges the mind-to-mind transmission of the correct Dharma eye and the blissful mind of Nirvana to Mahakashyapa.
Today, the mind-to-mind transmission continues through the Zen masters who pass the Buddha mind on to the disciples. The Buddha mind transmission does not rely on words and the scriptures and it points directly at the mind that will see its truth or nature, the enlightenment.
Zen Meditation Training
The Awakened Meditation Centre’s Zen Master transmits the Buddha mind to both beginners and advance students through action and by teaching the Ganhwa Zen meditation practice.
The Ganhwa Zen meditation practice involves the skillful means of asking a question and looking into its live word. The practice will uncover the mind’s enlightenment nature for the students for them to see it in a direct way.
The centre’s Zen meditation training offers the students a rare chance of cultivating mindfulness and realizing the wisdom and compassion heart under the guidance of the venerable master.
Instructions are given for the basic Zen practices that include the postures for sitting meditation, awareness of the breath, walking meditation and questioning practice.
“It’s neither a thing nor a human being. It’s not even a Buddha. What’s this?”