Meditation Practices in Chinese Buddhism

Conference Room, Nan Tien Temple Campus, 180 Berkeley Road, Berkeley

Due to the circumstances under which Western culture has been in contact with Buddhism, ‘meditation’ has become a key topic of interest. Chinese Buddhist meditation practices are conversely relatively unknown in the West. However, Chinese Buddhism and its mediation practices have a long and rich history, which has continued up to the present.


This talk will examine Chinese Buddhism in four parts:

1.       The deeper underlying doctrinal models which serve as the theory for meditation;

2.       The various practices that were brought from India;

3.       From these imported forms, several key forms of Sinicized Buddhist meditation, particularly the so-called Chan and Pure Land schools;

4.       The situation in modern Chinese Buddhism, which contains not only the classical Sinicized traditions, but also a combination of both revived and new practices.

Venerable Dr Huifeng

Venerable Dr Huifeng is originally from New Zealand. Having been introduced to Buddhism at a young age, he committed himself to full time Buddhist practice in the late 1990s, studying at several of Fo Guang Shan Monastery’s Buddhist Colleges and Universities, receiving full ordination in 2004. From 2006 to 2011 he studied first a Masters and then a PhD degree at the University of Hong Kong, with his PhD dissertation entitled “Chiasmus in the Early Prajñāpāramitā: Literary Parallelism Connecting Criticism & Hermeneutics in an Early Mahāyāna Sūtra”. Presently he is an Assistant Professor at Fo Guang University, Ilan, Taiwan, teaching at the Department of Buddhist Studies. His areas of academic focus include Indian Buddhism, in particular early Mahāyāna sūtra and śāstra, translation and hermeneutics, and practices of contemporary Taiwanese Buddhism.

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