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Primordial Wisdom: Dharma Talk with Henry Shukman (Video)

August 1, 2021

Henry reads from a piece by Chan master Jing Hui, titled “On Chan” (part 5), in which he discusses fundamental points of Chan/Zen. Jing Hui was born in 1933 and trained under Chan master Xu Yun (who died in 1959 at the age of 120) at Yun Men monastery, where Unmon or Yunmen (864-949) taught. The recent abbot of Joshu’s old temple, Ming Hai, studied with him.

Chan (Zen) is a path…. “of seeking for profound wisdom. Within each of us there is a primordial wisdom and morality. But because of delusion and attachment we don’t realize it.” The Chan school teaches us there is a path right here and now. It is very simple but by no means easy.

Henry emphasizes that we indeed have the means, here and now, to realize this primordial wisdom. It’s like facing a high wall that has no gate. This wisdom is already in our nature, perfect and enlightened. We don’t see it because we are are tangled up in errors of our own delusive seeing.

Henry will talk about “transmission” and Koan 6 from the Gateless Gate in a future talk.

Featured photo by Jr Korpa on Unsplash


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