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What is Chan?

Concentrating on a focal point is the key to success in everything.

Twirling a flower, the Buddha revealed the mind-to-mind seal.

Only quiet contemplation can initiate Chan.

Thought cultivation eliminates false thinking.

Silencing the mind reveals our wisdom.

The flavor of lightness and ease is infinitely wonderful.

Why Investigate Chan?

When thoughts cease, confusion ends.

Freedom over birth and death is freedom to come and go.

The great functioning of the entire substance is clearly understood.

By investigating Chan and sitting in meditation, we can gain enlightenment.

We want to learn how not to be attached to self and others.

Meditation and samadhi are vital to our Dharma-body.

Sitting long brings Chan, which cleanses and purifies the mind.

~ Venerable Master Hsuan Hua



Chan Meditation, also known as Zen Meditation, is a form of Buddhist meditation that originated in China and has since spread throughout East Asia. Chan Meditation is based on the principles of mindfulness, concentration, and insight, and it is aimed at achieving a state of calm and clear awareness.

In Chan Meditation, practitioners focus their attention on their breath, body, or a specific object of meditation while observing their thoughts, feelings, and sensations without judgment. This process helps to develop a deep awareness of the present moment and cultivate a sense of inner peace and clarity.

Chan Meditation is often practiced in a group setting with a teacher or master, but it can also be practiced individually.

The ultimate goal of Chan Meditation is to awaken to the true nature of reality and achieve enlightenment, which is the realization of one’s true self and the interconnectedness of all things.