"Zen Tour" Scholars Visiting Group Visited Yunmen Monastery
07-24-2018    news.fjnet.com
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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US><A href="http://news.fjnet.com/">News.fjnet.com</A>, November 13, 2006</SPAN></P>

<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /><st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on"><SPAN lang=EN-US>Shaoguan</SPAN></st1:City><SPAN lang=EN-US>, <st1:State w:st="on">Guangdong</st1:State></SPAN></st1:place><SPAN lang=EN-US> -- On November 12, 2006, the Shenzhen Hongfa Monastery's "Zen Tour" Scholars Visiting Group (50 people) visited Yunmen Monastery.</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>50 Scholars including Mr. Fang Litian and Mr. Lou Yulie visited Yunmen Monastery, Ven. Mingxiang, abbot of Yunmen Monastery welcomed them warmly. Along with scholar's visiting tour in monastery, Ven. Mingxiang introduced Yunmen School Style and relevant meaning in establishing an active monastic atmosphere.</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>Yunmen Monastery, also named Mt. Yunmen Dajue Zen Monastery, located at the foot of Mt. Yunmen, <st1:chmetcnv w:st="on" UnitName="km" SourceValue="6" HasSpace="True" Negative="False" NumberType="1" TCSC="0">6 km</st1:chmetcnv> north-east from Ruyuan County, Shaoguan City, Guangdong Province, China. It is the cradle of <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Yunmen</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">School</st1:PlaceType></st1:place>, which is one of the five major schools of Zen Buddhism. In AD 923, Ven. Zen master Wenyan established Yunmen Monastery. Its sharp and lofty style of Zen characterized the peculiar "Yunmen School Style" which fascinated notable scholars and Buddhist monks at that time. "<st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Yunmen</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">School</st1:PlaceType> resembles Emperor, <st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Linji</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">School</st1:PlaceType> resembles General, and <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Caodong</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">School</st1:PlaceType></st1:place> resembles intelligentsia and common people" was a popular view which described the School Styles of the three Zen Schools perfectly.</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>In the initial phase of Song Dynasty, <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Yunmen</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">School</st1:PlaceType></st1:place> reached its peak; its School Style was spreading to the whole country. After Southern Song Dynasty (1127-1279), <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Yunmen</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">School</st1:PlaceType></st1:place> declined gradually. Yunmen Monastery underwent collapse and renovation again and again.</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>In 1943, Ven. Zen master Xuyun determined to renovate Yunmen Monastery to revitalize the <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Yunmen</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">School</st1:PlaceType></st1:place> after he saw the collapse of the ancient monastery. In 9 years, the renovation project was finished. In 1959, Ven. Zen master Foyuan who is the Dharma heir and disciple of Ven. Zen master Xuyun, served as abbot of Yunmen Monastery.</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>Yunmen Monastery contains 3000 <I style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal">mu</I> monastic premise, building area is about 50,000 square metres.</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>It is a tradition that agriculture and Zen are both important to Yunmen Monastery. </SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>Each day, the morning and evening recitation are practiced, monks having lunch at Dinning Hall. In the Meditation Hall, monks should meditate until six sticks of incense were burnt out.</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>Each winter, the monastery launches five Intensive Meditation Retreats (each lasts 7 days).</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>Monks in Yunmen Monastery planted paddy field, vegetable garden and fruit farm by themselves.</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>Each 15 days, the monastery performs Upavasa (Precepts teaching congregation). </SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>In September, the monastery performs Summer Meditation Retreat. The Transmission of Precepts and Water &amp; Land Dharma Service are performed frequently. Therefore, Yunmen Monastery is famous far and near.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp; </SPAN><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp;</SPAN>[Translator: Wang Xinyu<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp;&nbsp; </SPAN><A href="http://news.fjnet.com/jjdt/jjdtnr/t20061113_40882.htm">Chinese Version</A> ]</SPAN></P></SPAN>
Translator: Wang Xinyu
   
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