Grand Master Wei Chueh
of Chung Tai Chan Monastery
When Buddha attained enlightenment under
the bodhi tree, he realized that all sentient beings possess inherent
Buddha nature but cannot attain it because of their attachments
and defilements. Grand Master, Venerable Wei-Chueh resolved to pass
on Buddha's teachings so that all people can see their true nature
and attain enlightenment.
From living in isolation in a single
small hut to the founding of Chung Tai, an awe inspiring monastery,
from 4 ordained sangha and 300 lay disciples in 1987 to over 1,000
ordained sangha and hundreds of thousands lay disciples today, Grand
Master Wei-Chueh has revived the Chinese Cha'n (Zen) tradition in
Taiwan and has tirelessly brought the Buddha's teachings to those
in need. An heir of the Linji (Rinzai) lineage, the Grand Master's
teaching is straightforward, flexible, and timeless. A word, a gesture,
or even silence inspires students.
of Wisdom from Grand Master
The mind is Buddha. When there are desires, vexations and attachments
in the mind, this Buddha becomes a sentient being. When this mind
is pure, a sentient being becomes a Buddha.
- If you cannot assume responsibility for your own cultivation
or endure its trials and hardships, then you are at best studying
Buddhism, not practicing it.
- No matter how much external circumstances change, if we can
see through and let go of vexations, delusions, and attachments,
with the mind always in equanimity and suchness, having clarity
and true understanding - that is Zen.
- Prosperity and adversity both facilitate our cultivation.
They are expedient means for our cultivation. Prosperity fulfills
us; adversity disciplines us.
- If we face suffering without worry then we can remove karmic
hindrances, settle disputes, turn our enemies into friends, and
be united in the Dharma family.
- With respect we eradicate arrogance, with compassion we extinguish
anger, with harmony we eliminate violence, with truth and sincerity
we eradicate deceit.
- The riches and honor in this life are fleeting, like the dew
on the flower, evaporating when the sun rises. The only
true prosperity in life is when the mind is pure, clear, and content.
- Vexations and joy are only within one single thought. The key
is, when faced with problems in life, can your mind maintain tranquility,
will you have the wisdom to understand and observe accurately?
- The one key word in practicing the Way is tolerance - to endure
patiently and accept suffering.By accepting suffering, we eliminate
suffering. This eradicates karmic hindrances, and prepares us
for supreme enlightenment.
- Purity of mind is to be away from the mind of delusion.& The
Diamond Sutra says, "the mind moves freely without attachment."
That is the mind of purity!