Chan Chronicles

  • Ep. 10 – The Six Guidelines, Final Part

    Master Hua Emphasized one set of teachings above all others – The Six Guidelines. These guidelines, based on Precepts, guide one towards cultivating the Mind Ground. By watching one’s mind as a gardener tends to crops, one can begin to practice skilful discrimination of certain virtues and attitudes that encourage stillness of mind. In this episode, we learn Master Hua’s views on intoxicants in the context of his Guideline of “No Pursuit of Self Benefit.” 

    This concludes our exploration of the Six Guidelines with Rev. Heng Sure. The Sixth Guideline was a repetition of Guideline 4 – No Lying. The repetition was deliberate; it was added by Master Hua to emphasize its importance.

  • Ep. 9 – The Six Guidelines, Part 4

    Master Hua Emphasized one set of teachings above all others – The Six Guidelines. These guidelines, based on Precepts, guide one towards cultivating the Mind Ground. By watching one’s mind as a gardener tends to crops, one can begin to practice skilful discrimination of certain virtues and attitudes that encourage stillness of mind. In this Episode, we hear from Rev. Heng Sure that Master Hua’s fourth guideline of “no lying” was a fundamental part of the social contract we hold with each other.

    Song Excerpt – Cause & Effect, or Here Comes Karma Now from Rev. Heng Sure’s CD Paramita: American Buddhist Folk Music

  • Ep. 8 – The Six Guidelines, Part 3

    Master Hua Emphasized one set of teachings above all others – The Six Guidelines. These guidelines, based on Precepts, guide one towards cultivating the Mind Ground. By watching one’s mind as a gardener tends to crops, one can begin to practice skilful discrimination of certain virtues and attitudes that encourage stillness of mind. In this episode, Rev. Heng Sure explains the Guideline of “No Seeking.”

    Featuring  a tracks from Rev. Heng Sure’s 2009 CD, Buddhist Stories of Awakening, “The Nun Subhasa and the Playboy.”

  • Ep. 7 – The Six Guidelines, Part 2

    Master Hua Emphasized one set of teachings above all others – The Six Guidelines. These guidelines, based on Precepts, guide one towards cultivating the Mind Ground. By watching one’s mind as a gardener tends to crops, one can begin to practice skilful discrimination of certain virtues and attitudes that encourage stillness of mind. In this episode, Rev. Heng Sure explains the Guideline of “No Greed.”

     

    Featuring 2 tracks from Rev. Heng Sure’s 2007 CD Paramita:American Buddhist Folk Music:

    “Craving Is The Builder Of This House” and “VegSource Mantra (I Have Enough)”

  • Ep. 6 – The Six Guidelines, Part 1

    Master Hua Emphasized one set of teachings above all others – The Six Guidelines. These guidelines, based on Precepts, guide one towards cultivating the Mind Ground. By watching one’s mind as a gardener tends to crops, one can begin to practice skilful discrimination of certain virtues and attitudes that encourage stillness of mind. In this episode, Rev. Heng Sure introduces these guidelines, and goes into depth with the First Guideline of “No Fighting.”

    Featuring a musical excerpt of the Heart Sutra from the song “Another One Done Gone.” This song can be found on Rev. Heng Sure’s 2007 CD “Paramita: American Buddhist Folk Music.”

  • Ep. 5 – Master Hua The Meditator

    In today’s episode, we hear from Rev. Heng Sure about Master Hua’s approach to meditation, and what it was like to receive his unique form of guidance, which was the result of tried and true, centuries-old teachings.

    The Meditation Handbook Rev. Heng Sure refers to in this podcast is available for free by clicking this image:

  • Ep. 4 – Master Hua The Writer

    In this episode, we find out from Rev. Heng Sure that Master Hua was a prodigious writer, and his way with words has roots all the way back to his days as a teenager in Manchuria.

  • Ep. 3 – Interfaith

    In this episode we talk to Rev. Heng Sure about the importance of Interfaith and Intra-faith to Master Hua. He not only found it important to reach out to other religious faiths, but to bridge the gaps within Buddhist streams.

  • Ep. 2 – Filial Respect

    Just as a tree cannot grow towards the sky without staying connected with and deepening its roots, Master Hua’s approach to Buddhism as a life practice emphasizes connection to one’s parents and spiritual elders. In this episode we explore some of the ways we can interpret and apply the notion of filial respect in our practice.

    Two tracks from Rev. Heng Sure’s upcoming CD, Dharma Radio:

    Robe and Bowl:

    Wish To Repay:

  • Ep. 1 – Buddhism in China

    In this episode, we provide an historical context for the origins and migrations of Buddhism throughout the world, with a particular emphasis on Buddhism in China, leading to the conditions that allowed Master Hua to bring these teachings and practices to the West.