The third story - how to feel at ease and get unrestrained?
Since the industrial civilization, human beings have created unprecedented material wealth, at the same time, they also fell into spiritual crisis to varying degrees, hurry, anxiety, alienation, fear, worry, kidnapped by desire, and the soul can not find a home. Many people look for their path to liberation from Eastern wisdom. Zen is a typical oriental wisdom, and meditation is a journey of peace of mind and a path to liberation. Zen originated in ancient India, and it was invented by Mr. Shakyamuni, the founder of Buddhism.
Through the practice of Zen Buddhism, one can enter a state of stability and happiness, fell relaxed with all worries and troubles left behind. The light of the soul breaks through the layers of obscuration and illuminates ordinary life, and the man and the universe become an unified whole, which is a very fascinating state.
About 1,500 years ago, Mr. Bodhidharma brought Zen to China and became the first patriarch of Chinese Zen Buddhism. One day, it was snowing heavily, Mr. Bodhidharma sat in the cave and meditated, and the monk Shenguang stood in the waist-deep snow outside the cave.
Bodhidharma asked: why do you come here from afar?
Shenguang said: The disciple(I) feel uneasy, and begs you to help me feel relieved at heart.
Bodhidharma shouted: Bring your heart, and I will set it for you.
Shenguang was stunned: I can't find my heart.
Bodhidharma said: I have relieved the heart for you.
In just a few short sentences, Shenguang suddenly became enlightened and became a disciple of Mr. Bodhidharma, with the Dharma name Hui Ke. Mr. Hui Ke is the second patriarch of Chinese Zen Buddhism and the first Chinese to practice Zen Buddhism. Mr. Hui Ke went to Sikongshan, which is not far from Tianzhushan, to practice, and accepted Seng Can as a disciple, and Seng Can became the third patriarch of Chinese Zen Buddhism, and came to Tianzhushan, and his temple was called Sanzu Temple.
One day, a young man named Daoxin met Mr. Seng Can in front of a big rock and said earnestly: I know that you are a very compassionate person, please help me to untie my bonds.
Seng Can asked him: Who tied you up?
Daoxin was stunned: No one tied me up.
Seng Can asked rhetorically: Then why are you asking for relief?!
Daoxin suddenly realized that there was nothing to bind me, it was I who restrained myself! Daoxin later inherited the mantle of Seng Chan and became the fourth patriarch of Chinese Zen Buddhism.
I'm talking about two important episodes in the history of Zen Buddhism. It can be seen that the ancients also had annoyances, and they also needed to settle their minds and relieve themselves.
Since Zen Buddhism was brought to China, it has been deeply integrated with Chinese culture and has become an important part of traditional Chinese culture. Later, Zen spread from China to Japan, South Korea, Vietnam and other places, swept Southeast Asia, and then spread to Europe and the United States, and now many countries and regions have people practicing Zen. Meditation has transcended religion and become a healthy and fun lifestyle.
Tianzhushan and the adjacent Sikongshan are important birthplaces of Chinese Zen Buddhism. Popular all over the world, Zen is a treasure of Chinese culture, and Chinese Zen is the mysterious wisdom of the ancient Orient dedicated to the world. I hope that through your dissemination, more Zen practitioners and researchers will come to Tianzhushan and Sikongshan to find the source of Zen in China.