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To Practice Chan is to Read our Self
We practice Chan and study Buddhism to come home to our original Self. The practice of Chan helps us to quiet down, which then enables us to let go of our delusions and attachments. It is only when we`ve let go of our delusions and attachments that our true Self can appear. Without inner stillness there is simply no way for us to see our original Self.
Chan is a very good method to read our Self. We normally read books, journals and newspapers, but spend very little time reading our Self. The best method to read our Self is by practicing silent meditation. What is the meaning of silent meditation? It means letting go of our thoughts. It means letting go of so many things we simply cannot let go of. It means setting our luminous, spiritual Self completely free. It means taking away all of its burdens, so that it can freely manifest itself. It means allowing ourselves to fully own ourselves.
What am I? Am I my body? My body is composed of the 4 elements: earth, water, fire and air. But these elements are not me. What then is my true Self? Our true Self is our spiritual nature, our enlightened nature, our Buddha nature. Our life is our eternally indestructible Spirit. There exists no time nor thing in it, so it is unborn and never dies.
Through the practice of Chan we are finally able to let go of all of our thoughts and to slowly, slowly get in touch with the reality of our spiritual Self. We learn to see its face and to reflect its luminosity all around us.
Dharma Master Hsin Tao
(Translated by Maria Reis Habito)