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Distinguishing The Direct Methods

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The objective phenomenologically is to present teachings that support contemplation, that in turn support a correct and natural life free from the mental chains and inhibitions of Samsara.

Teachings presented here are those of the old masters devoid of the rites, ceremonies, legends and superstitions that have stagnated modern buddhism.

When one really understands the Dharma the folly of binding oneself to a single idea is seen to be fruitless and buddha himself, teaching natural and correct expedient means, was aware of the limitations of human creatures with respect to a favourable birth, education, culture and natural capacity.


We are fortunate that Dharma, in and of itself, is constantly in evolution and we are equally fortunate that the solutions which lead to human freedom have also evolved in the east, although their truth has been sadly masked by folly of sectarian clinging.

When the dharma reached China contemplation and accompanying understanding moved forward generating contemplations with different form and access points, all of which are valid, but do not all reach the same levels of higher consciousness.

We teach all these methods and therefore can reach all those who have the calmness, patience, resolution, perseverance, capacity to introspect and the willingness to sacrifice the products of their clinging to Samsara's folly.


We therefore begin by examining the contemplative methods from the Lankavitara Bodhidharma contemplations of "the Nature of Buddha", which are distinct from the contemplations of the "Buddha Nature",

and continue up to the most elevated contemplations yet encountered, the direct access to the feminine principle of Huineng's method of the exquisite Direct contemplation-no contemplation.

Rather useless arguments about Direct methods of contemplation have divided Chan and Zen historically. We consider that the only salvation for the natural survival of the human creature in an ever complicated world is to make the options clear without sectarian influence, but this means understanding how to perform the contemplations


We therefore point make an important step by investigating the teachings and contemplation models of the most important Masters in Chan history that have survived the censorship of lineage inventors.

The object of the study is to fully understand the methods, making them available to all sentient human creatures that find the path to the Gate, stripping off the recognized errors of orthodox folly.

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