This talk will discuss a form of meditation practice known in Chinese as hua- t’ou. It was popularized by the Chinese Zen master Ta-Hui (1089 – 1163) a member of the Lin-Chi sect of Zen. Though Ta-Hui popularized this method of meditation, he did not invent it.
In particular, this talk will discuss what a hua-t’ou is, why Ta-Hui placed so much importance on it, why this practice could be of interest to at least some people today, give examples of well known hua-t’ou, offer one way to practice this method, describe some states of mind that may arise when doing the practice, offer some personal experience from my own long years of practicing the hua-t’ou, and discuss what it means to have a Zen awakening. In conclusion, I offer cautions related to having an awakening experience and the importance of continuing practice thereafter.
The talk was a condensed version of this paper (pdf).
Stuart Lachs, foto Ute Hüsken
Appr. 50 minutes, 46.2 MB