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Chan is Letting the Heart Come home
The point of Chan practice is to let our heart return to its home. How do we do that? You have to let go of everything. It is only then that your heart can come home.
We have to learn how to see the empty boundless horizon in everything that arises. If we cannot do that, we cannot handle the fetters that bind us down. Just to give you an example: It is like with the flower that we see by the side of the road. That flower is an outcome of factors entirely conditioned by Karma. If there was no seed containing karmic information, if there wasn’t that kind of memory, the flower would not grow into a flower. What we call “interdependent arising” is nothing but the conditions that bring forth composite things such as this flower. Every single thing is a composite, a construct. And every construct is impermanent, and therefore not real.
Therefore we have to slowly learn how to see the real form of all things - which is an empty boundless horizon. Perhaps this teaching is a bit deep for us, but since our heart wants to return home, we need to understand it. Once we have understood, we will no longer hold on to conditioned things. As the Heart Sutra says: “In that empty boundless horizon, there is no eye, ear nose, tongue, body mind; no color sound smell, taste, touch, thing; no realm of sight and no realm of consciousness.” In other words, we have to make all of these into “nothing”! Constantly contemplating things in this way will help us to solve all of the problems of life and death. This is how we become freed from all suffering and realize that “Nirvana is already here.”
Chan practice means returning to our essential nature in which there is “originally not a thing”. If we want to return home there, we cannot bring anything along. If we carry things with us, our heart simply cannot return home, but gets stuck in so many places along the way. But the heart does not want to get stuck anywhere. Therefore we have to let go of everything. Letting go of everything means “cessation,” Nirvana, a place of peace. And what do we call not letting go of everything? We call it “Clinging to things, carrying them along.”
“Cessation is itself Bodhi wisdom.” “Cessation” is our enlightened nature; it is “our original face before our parents were born.”“Cessation” means letting go of everything, and being at peace. Please don`t get into a deluded state again – let us return to the home of our heart!
Dharma Master Hsin Tao
(Translated by Maria Reis Habito)