Gold Coast Zen Meditation

October 10, 2008

Introduction

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To appreciate  Buddhism and the practise of Zen Teachings, Compass of Zen  by Zen Master Seung Sahn, founder of “The Kwan Um School of Zen”, is the guiding book from which materials are extracted and posted on this site.

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The Purposes of Buddhism

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First Attain Enlightenment

Then instruct all creatures

The Divisions of Buddhism

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Hinayana Buddhism

Mahaya Buddhism

Zen Buddhism

The Structure of Buddhism

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The Precious One which is the BUDDHA – the object of faith – emotional-Departing from pain and attaining pleasure – Samadhi – Beauty – Faith

The Precious One which is the DHARMA -philosophical – intellectual – Going from ignorance to Englighenment – prajna – truth – understanding – to Enlightenment

The Precious One which is the SANGHA-ethical – mental – Putting an end to evil and practising good – Sila – Good – Practice

Hinayana Buddhism

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1.  Insight into impermanence

2. Insight into Impurity

3. Insight into non-self

Insight Into Impermanence (The Eight Sufferings)

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Birth…Old Age…Sickness…Death                    (the Four Sufferings)

Being separated from those you love

Being in the presence of those you dislike

Not getting what you desire

The imbalance of the five skandhas

Insight into impurity (The Five Human Desires)

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Desire for material wealth

Desire for Sex

Desire for Fame

Desire for Food

Desire for Sleep

Insight into Non-Self

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All the Characteristics of External Phenomena – Arising – Stability – Decline – Dissolution –

Aspects of the Mind – Arising – Stability – Differentiation – Extinction

CAUSE    EFFECT   SAMASARA

           Primary cause

          Dependent Origination

          Result

A good cause leads to a good result.  A bad cause leads to a bad result

Dependent Origination

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To arise from conditions

To be extinct from conditions

If I exist, that exists. 

If I cease to exist, that ceases to exist.

The twelve links in the chain of dependent origination

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1.  Ignorance                             7.  Sensation

2.  Mental formations               8.  Desire

3.  Consciousness                    9.  Clinging

4.  Name and form                  10.  Existence

5.  The six sense realms        11.  Life

6.  Touch                               12.  Old age, suffering, death

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