Ten Spiritual Dialogues with Dharma Master Hsin Tao
byDharma Master Hsin Tao
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Zen enables you to throw away all your physical, mental and spiritual toxins. It is a vital practice of purifying and balancing your body, mind and soul. You will return to your Original Self if you practice Zen consistently and diligently. And who or what is your Original Self? It’s actually your True Self, your true Nature of being, that doesn’t belong to any physical form or your discursive thoughts.
Our lives are actually just some accumulation and gathering of mental information or memories, installed in a present body-mind combination that I call Karmic Memory Body (KMB). In short, this KMB is actually our consciousness – like a computer chip that controls, contains and creates all relevant activities.
In the KMB of this present temporary life, we have both left and right brains. Our left brain controls all our conscious, rational and analytical activities while we are awake in our daily life, while our right brain is in-charge of our memories and intuitive functions – it records all changes and happenings in our lives, and it also controls our subconscious activities such as dreams, traumas, imaginations, creativity etc.
So when you meditate, you optimize, refresh and re-boot your KMB – including your left and right brains – hence you can integrate both of them and make them work together and help each other harmoniously and beautifully. By the balancing power of Zen, you can integrate these two different human brains and make them more powerful and purposeful. You become the master of your KMB and not otherwise.
Our lives continue in this world of Samsara, and our every thought, feelings and perception are recorded within this memory chip of our KMB. Good and bad, ups and downs, joy and pains – all these dualistic phenomena and life experiences continue to happen in the time-space matrix of past, present and future. When this present KMB transforms itself into another form – it’s the ending of the previous form – and we call it death; but when this happens, another new form of KMB is born – and this is what we called ‘birth’. So life and death are NOT really two different concepts – they happen at the same time as well – in fact, they happen like this instantaneously almost ALL THE TIME!!!! Even now, this moment, you are experiencing the death of your previous thoughts and the birth of your current thoughts - isn’t this pretty clear and logical for you?
So what is life and death? It’s just a series of phenomena/activities that are transferred from one Karmic Memory Body (KMB) to another. It is a fluid of information transference, much like the data transmission in your computer – where data are being transferred in the form of bits and bytes over a digital or analog medium, and it enables digital or analog communications as well their movements between various devices.
And how do we remain calm, unmoved and peaceful when this data transference (the process of life and death) happen to us? First of all, don’t create MORE chaotic data at the present moment. Don’t make it messier. Just like Alan Watts once said,
“Muddy water is best cleared by leaving it alone”
Stay simple, stay cool and be contented with whatever happens at this moment. Just rest your mind in the newness of all phenomena. Watch them. Stay centered and unmoved. But you have to be open-up and NOT close down all your sensory feelings at the same time. Let everything happens by itself, what you need to do is just WATCH, that’s all. Like the great meditation master Tilopa once said,
“Have a mind that is open to everything and attached to nothing”.
This, in fact, is one of the most powerful meditation instructions that I’ve heard so far! Memorize it, embrace it, and bring THIS to your own meditative experience!
When I say ‘Meditate’, it means ‘doing NOTHING’ and NOT doing a thing. Return yourself to this unborn state of naturalness and uncontrived freedom. In this carefree state of peace and joy, you have no dualistic phenomena e.g. life vs. death, this vs. that, I vs. You etc to be grasped or attached to. In this state of purity, you are not creating any karma whatsoever, and there’s nothing for you to adopt or to abandon. You are back to your home, your Source of ‘zero’ limit, which is also your pure and pristine Original Self – the primordial state of pure innocence and ultimate emptiness.
Within this state of peacefulness, you can begin to enjoy the benefits of Silent Meditation. Nothing comes, nothing goes. No movements, no turbulences, no fabricated creations. It’s simply just Peace and Bliss. Just listen mindfully, just watch it wakefully. It’s there all the time. And it will reveal its true nature to you, once all dualistic experiences are dissolves into this great space of Silent Zen.
What can I say when you’re in this state of Silent Zen?
“May the Force be with you !!!”
If you’re reading this, it’s no accident: It’s time to enjoy some serious Zen enlightenment!
There’s no one better to guide you than Dharma Master Hsin Tao, whose very name (“Hsin” means “heart” and “Tao” means “path”) signals what to expect from the spiritual journey you’ll embark on with this book.
The contemporary spiritual master delivers a message of “Three Yanas (vehicles), One Dharma.” In doing so, he answers questions such as:
• What is the essence of Zen?
• What is the wisdom of the Buddha?
• How can Zen meditation help you find your true nature of mind?
• What are the four stages of developing a modern-day Dharma practice?
• How can you feel and develop the power of Zen?
In ten spiritual dialogues, the author shares practical advice, Zen techniques, guided meditations, stories, koans, and other gems of wisdom that will guide you through the inner and outer worlds.
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About the Author
Dharma Master Hsin Tao is internationally renowned for having established the Museum of World Religions in Taipei, Taiwan, and for his tireless efforts to bring about world peace through mutual understanding and cooperation among religions. With his core message deriving from Zen (Chan), Vajrayana, and Theravada Buddhism, he leads disciples and students through all Three Vehicles of Buddhism in teaching and practice. He holds retreats throughout the world.