Guo Gu (Dr. Jimmy Yu), a longtime student of the late Master Sheng Yen, will lead a silent illumination intensive retreat at DDRC October 21-29, 2017.
In this online article from Lion’s Roar magazine, Guo Gu presents an experiential look at the Chan practice of silent illumination.
You Are Already Enlightened
Silent illumination is a Buddhist practice that can be traced back not only to Huineng (638–713), the sixth patriarch of Chan, and other Chinese masters but also to the early teachings of the Buddha. In the Chan tradition, silent illumination is referred to as mozhao, from the Chinese characters mo (silent) and zhao (illumination). It’s a term that was first used by a critic of the practice, Dahui Zonggao (1089–1163), an advocate of the method of “observing critical phrase” (huatou in Chinese; wato in Japanese). Hongzhi Zhengjue (1091–1157), the Chinese master most often associated with the practice of silent illumination, liked the term and adopted it. read more…