August 20, 2023

Huatou Workshop (Online)

Huatou in Chinese, literally means “the origin of words,” or that which precedes words and language. This refers to the state of the mind before the arising of conceptualization or, more precisely, before the arising of a single thought. Thus, huatou is the source of all words and of all thoughts, the fundamental nature of the mind.

But, it is also a method that we use to point directly at this mind while putting aside all other concerns. When we investigate huatou, we utilize questions such as: “What is my original face?” and “What is Wu?” These puzzling, seemingly illogical questions produce a deep sense of self-questioning which is called “the doubt sensation.” If you can succeed in penetrating this doubt, you will discover that which you have always had.

In this workshop we will explore various approaches and techniques for using this ancient method.



EST Activity
8:45 AM Log in to Zoom meeting; Sort out technical issues.
9:00 AM Introduction, Morning Section
12:00 PM Food preparation and/or lunch; work/clean up; rest.
1:30 PM Instruction, Afternoon Section
5:00 PM End of the event
Guo Yuan Fashi, one of Chan Master Sheng Yen’s Dharma heirs, is a Buddhist monk trained in Chan Buddhism. In 1985 he first encountered Master Sheng Yen’s teachings while attending…
Sunday, Aug 20th
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sliding Scale
  • $50.00 – Base
  • $75.00 – Sustainer
  • $135.00 – Benefactor
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