00265-1 The Story of the 31st Zen Patriarch—Daoxin
00265-1 The Story of the 31st Zen Patriarch—Daoxin
No. 00265-1
Category / Between Master and Disciples-story
Event date / 1987.08.09
Place / (Formosa/Taiwan) Hsintien
Language / Chinese
Time (mins) / 1h27m31s
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The Thirty-first Zen Patriarch Daoxin became a monk at the age of 14, after following and studying with Master Sengcan diligently for nine years, he was taught the ultimate Dharma. Since then, he practiced even harder day and night, often sitting for meditation instead of lying down. Emperor Taizong of Tang Dynasty invited Master Daoxin to the royal palace four times, but the Master declined each time with the excuse of his old age. After he passed away, Daizong of Tang confer him the posthumous title of "Great Medicine Zen Master". His disciples Hongren and Farong spread his teachings far and wide.

Master Daoxin said that all methods are for liberation. Supreme Master Ching Hai explains: when we have Quan Yin Method, we have everything. Then we sleep and eat, just like Buddha is sleeping and eating. We take Buddha's food while eating, and we do Buddha's deeds in our action. After attaining the Tao, anything we do is within the Tao. No Tao is heretical.

We should know that a Master is omnipresent and omnipotent. It's him who is eating, doing and thinking. We should know and remember this 24 hours a day, thus we will be free from the circle of life and death. Don't think that "I" do this. Because when you think "I" do it, then "I" should come back. Since there is "I", I should exist. It will be different without "I".

  1. When Zen Patriarch Daoxin took his disciples to Jizhou, they encountered a group of robbers besieging the city. How did the Master guide the civilians to avoid the disaster peacefully?
  2. Why did Masters sometimes use contradictory remarks to confuse disciples' mind?
  3. Why is it said that walking, standing, sitting and lying are all of wonderful use in Buddha's hands? How can we be really liberated from the circle of life and death? 
  4. What is action contemplation? How can our heart not moved by the outside situations?
  5. What is permanent stay of Dharma body? How can one attain the permanent stay of Dharma body?
  6. What is maya? How to recognize Maya and overcome it?
  7. If there are still many methods, mudras and mantras in spiritual practice, does it mean that it's still not the ultimate? Why is the Quan Yin Method the real Method without attachment to forms?
  8. Why is it said that even if enlightened Masters have parents, they are not their real parents? Are Masters born as Masters, and are not to be attained in this lifetime through spiritual practice?
  9. What is the difference between a saint's physical body and our bodies?
  10. Why shouldn't we worship only one Master life after life? How can we find the Enlightened Master?
  11. Does virtue have nothing to do with spiritual practice? Why should those who uphold their morals not be attached to their morals, and those who have shortcomings not be attached to them either?
  12. How can we use our wisdom to overcome our desires and low-level thoughts? Is it true that only by retreating for spiritual practice can we go beyond the sexual troubles?