Dharma Talks – 2021

Ven. Chang Wu Dharma Talk (The Teaching of No-Form in the Platform Sutra)

By Venerable Chang Wu

Chang Wu Fashi gave a Dharma talk at London Chan Meditation on 25 September 2021 on The Teaching of No-Form in the Platform Sutra.

Guo Gu Q&A (Brahmavihara 四無量心)

By Guo Gu

Guo Gu Laoshi addressed a question at London Chan Meditation on 19th September 2021: How to approach old age, sickness and death? How to find equanimity, even joy, in the process?

Ven. Chang Wu Dharma Talk (The Teaching of No-Thought in the Platform Sutra)

By Venerable Chang Wu

Chang Wu Fashi gave a Dharma talk at London Chan Meditation on 28 August 2021 on The Teaching of No-Thought in the Platform Sutra.

Guo Gu Q&A

By Guo Gu

Guo Gu Laoshi addressed questions at London Chan Meditation on 21st August 2021:
1) How to correctly develop the “interest” in the method?
2) How to interact with surroundings when our own “energy” level is low? (00:25:47)
3) What is the best time to meditate each day? Should we focus on deep breath during meditation? How to face different mental status during meditation? (00:48:10)

Ven. Chang Wu Q&A

By Venerable Chang Wu

Venerable Chang Wu addressed questions at London Chan Meditation on 31 July 2021:
1) What happens after our counting the breaths stop?
2) Where to place our eyes during meditation? (00:07:55);
3) How to deal with a strong dislike of certain things, e.g. moving meditation? (00:13:30);
4) How to deal with pain or numbness during meditation? (00:23:10);
5) How to understand the idea of energy circulation? (00:40:50).

Guo Gu Q&A

By Guo Gu

Guo Gu Laoshi addressed questions at London Chan Meditation on 17th July 2021:
1) What method to use if I’m very sensitive to sound?
2) Is hatred most harmful among greed, hatred, and greed (three poisons)? (00:15:18);
3) What to do when we are trapped in our narratives and feel depressed? (00:20:25);
4) Could you give me a suggestion around a good Huatou to practice on? (00:42:50);
5) What to do when we lose confidence in a method? (00:55:30)

Ven. Chang Wu Q&A

By Venerable Chang Wu

Venerable Chang Wu addressed questions at London Chan Meditation on 26 June 2021:
1) How can one separate the understanding about karma and practice compassion when dealing with narcissistic people?
2) How to practice when any form of concentration or mindfulness becomes an effort? (00:27:50);
3) How can lay people reconcile with the idea that Buddhism aspires to cut vexations including marriage and creating offspring? (01:02:45).

Ven. Chang Wu Q&A (Judgement on Others)

By Venerable Chang Wu

Venerable Chang Wu addressed a question at London Chan Meditation on 29 May 2021:
1) how to work with our judgement on others from Chan perspective?

Guo Gu Q&A (Work with our Thoughts & Concentration and Creativity)

By Guo Gu

Guo Gu addressed questions at London Chan Meditation on 17th May 2021:
1) How to work with things that arise during meditation?
2) How to react to things that raise during our daily life? (00:19:24);
3) What is the effective way of dealing with stress? (00:27:19);
4) How to practice in daily life if we don’t have time to sit? (00:48:40);
5) Is it beneficial to allow our mind to wander sometimes? Would it affect our concentration? (00:56:40)

Ven. Chang Wu Q&A (Chronic pain & Anger)

By Venerable Chang Wu

Venerable Chang Wu addressed questions at London Chan Meditation on 24 April 2021:
1) how to practice with chronic pain;
2) how to face our anger (00:20:55);
3) how to perceive labelling in our daily life from a Buddhist perspective (00:44:20);
4) what is the correct view towards solitary retreat (00:58:34)

Guo Gu Q&A (Racism)

By Guo Gu

Guo Gu addressed questions at London Chan Meditation on 18th April 2021:
1) how to deal with chest pain during meditation;
2) how to respond to racism from a Buddhist perspective (00:15:16);
3) how to deal with mouth opening when relaxing the body (00:48:00);
4) what is the right order of full-body relaxation (01:01:59)

Ven. Chang Wu Q&A (Relaxation & Wandering Thoughts)

By Venerable Chang Wu

Venerable Chang Wu addressed questions at London Chan Meditation on 27 March 2021, relate to how to deal with wandering thoughts (00:27:00).

Guo Gu Q&A (Depression)

By Guo Gu

Teacher Guo Gu addressed questions at London Chan Meditation on 20th March 2021:
1) how not to be overwhelmed by a good sitting;
2) relationship between mind-objects and awareness (00:10:23);
3) how to go beyond the narratives, thoughts, and intellect understanding of the cause of depression and suicidal fantasies? (00:17:16).

Ven. Chang Wu Q&A (Emptiness, Causes & Conditions)

By Venerable Chang Wu

Ven. Chang Wu addressed questions at London Chan Meditation on 27 February 2021:
1) how to understand and practice with the concept of emptiness, causes & conditions;
2) do we find liberation/enlightenment within causes & conditions or beyond (00:55:50);
3) how to cultivate confidence (01:00:20).

Guo Gu Q&A (Scattered Thought, Wandering Thought & Discursive Thinking)

By Guo Gu

Teacher Guo Gu addressed questions at London Chan Meditation on 20th February 2021:
1) overcome difficulties in one-day retreat as a beginner;
2) the meaning of “not be affected” (00:07:40);
3) what’s the difference between scattered and wandering thought? (00:20:10);
4) how to face the back & forth in practice? (00:40:25); 5) conclusion & gratitude (01:00:00).

Ven. Chang Wu Q&A (the Foundation of Meditation)

By Venerable Chang Wu

Ven. Chang Wu addressed questions at London Chan Meditation on 30 January 2021:
1) how to make progress when the mind is unsettled;
2) what is the right approach to working through the chatter (00:26:06);
3) how to cultivate the ability to concentrate on one thing (00:40:40).

Guo Gu Q&A

By Guo Gu

Teacher Guo Gu addressed questions at London Chan Meditation on 16 January 2021:
1) is it useful to classify methods into being dual or non-dual?
2) what’s the point of life if Buddhism perceives everything is suffering? (00:27:36)

Dharma Talks – 2020 selection

Practice in Physical or Emotional Pain

By Venerable Chang Wu

Talk at London Chan Meditation on 22 August 2020 – addressing questions on how to practice in physical or emotional pain, how to face the doubt during practice, and how to observe “false speech” (one of the Five Precepts) in daily life

Attachment to Meditation

By Guo Gu

Talk at London Chan Meditation on 19 September 2020 – address a question of how to understand the paradox of our free nature but some people’s attachment to meditation

Live a Purposeful Life

By Venerable Chang Wu

Talk at London Chan Meditation on 26 August 2020 – addressing questions relate to how to live a purposeful life, how to deal with arrogant (00:46:00) and how to integrate practice into daily life (01:03:00)

Chan Practice and Buddhism

By Guo Gu

Talk at London Chan Meditation on 15 August 2020 – addressing a question of whether we need to have a systematic understanding of Bodhidharma while practicing Chan meditation

Buddhist Perspectives on Subconscious and Mind Healing (Yogachara)

By Guo Gu

Talk at London Chan Meditation on 17 October 2020 – addressing question relates to the Buddhist perspectives on subconscious and mind healing techniques