As a major innovation of the contemporary Zen Buddhism in Tiantai, the three Zen cultures not only help practice, but also help Buddhism serve the society.
Zen music is heard and seen,
Zen tea enters the nose and tongue,
Zen forest is full of body and mind,
The world is influenced by it, the body and mind are naturally absorbed, and the Taoism is easy to achieve. The three Zen sects in Tiantai changed the traditional way of Buddhism to promote the law through preaching scriptures (the audience is limited to believers), and used the music, tea, and forest that modern people like to hear and receive to connect with the public (the audience expanded to non believers who live in the main body of society), which helps people's physical and mental health, improves the world style, and benefits the society.
Zen music has four conveniences at the same time (New Melody Voice of Zen Master Wuyue). It is the "almsgiving" of Dharma to promote Dharma and preach Buddhism; Pleasant to the ear and heart, which can make people feel happy and enlighten wisdom when listening to it, is "love language"; Inspire wisdom, let people be honest and follow the right path, It is "beneficial to practice". Zen music, in a form that the public is willing to accept, spreads the Dharma to the world, connects with the audience's mind and voice, and is a "colleague". In 2008, more than ten monks in Tiantai Temple formed the "Guangxuan Art Troupe", a name given by Master Guangxuan, a disciple of Master Hongyi. The monks believe that they are not "performing" Zen music, but "educating" and "practicing" with ritual music 。 In addition to their daily homework, monks here need eight hours or more to practice music every day. Many young monks in the temple have no music foundation. They start from scratch, step by step into the music, and do Buddhist things with Buddhist art.
Tiantai Tea Garden can be said to be the most solemn Taoist temple of monks. When Wule Zen Master was in China, he held Zen Tea Culture Festival every year to lead the public to carry out ceremonies such as "Shouting Tea from the Mountain", "Dharma Meeting" and "Bathing Buddha". The young monk smiled, and his clear and peaceful voice echoed among the mountains and valleys: "Tiantai Temple Tea Garden, tea picking!" Hundreds of monks, lay people and people who came to watch the ceremony responded: "Tiantai Temple Tea Garden, open" Tea picking Under the guidance of Zen Master Wule, the monks said in a loud voice, "I wish Tiantai Temple tea garden good weather and good luck. I wish the tea soup is merciful and it will benefit all people!" The public followed and responded: "I wish Tiantai Temple Tea Garden good weather and good luck. I wish tea soup will be merciful and bring health to all people!" Everyone in Hong'an Tiantai Temple likes to drink tea. It is the water that monks drink on weekdays, a good medicine for small colds, and the most precious gift for entertaining distinguished guests. In their view, drinking tea is a very ordinary, relaxed and inward way of life. Someone once asked the old Zen master, what is Zen tea? The Master replied, "Drinking tea is very relaxing and enjoyable. To drink tea is to let you put aside your logic, fame and wealth, and enjoy culture, elegance and relaxation indiscriminately." Zen Master Wule named the tea in Tiantai Temple "Shidan", which means "separate revelation". Because a cup of tea can be drunk by thousands of people with thousands of flavors. The taste, likes and dislikes described by everyone are unique. The "manifest" together is "Zen", and Zen is "like a person drinking water, knowing whether it is warm or cold". But in the end, the thousands of cups of tea soup that met with thousands of people will flow in the same direction with thousands of hearts after "showing orders", that is, kindness and love.
Tiantai Zen Forest advocates the natural garden aesthetics, emphasizing the high unity of man and nature, that is, the importance of environmental protection. Tiantai Temple is based on the construction of a millennium Taoist temple. All buildings, greening and culture aim at the millennium ancient temple. Tens of thousands of millennium trees have been planted in Tiantai Temple, such as taxus, azalea, osmanthus (millennium variety), angular maple, ginkgo, tassels, pine and cypress, and other millennium trees, such as tortoise nut, whose age can reach 4000 years. Stone, copper and hardwood are selected as the materials for the buildings and statues of the monastery, so as to keep them for more than 1000 years.
Tiantai Temple further echoes the times and implements environmental protection by offering flowers to Buddha instead of incense candles and recycling garbage. Tiantai Temple is located in a deep mountain, with a core ecological protection area of more than 1000 mu. The unique natural conditions, together with more than ten years of construction of Tiantai Zen Forest, further transformed the surrounding environment of Tiantai Temple to the original ecology. The spring water is abundant and sweet, the flowers are in full bloom all the year round, the species and number of birds and small animals are greatly increased, which echoes with the monks and Zen music serving all living beings from afar. Wandering among them, pine waves are blowing, birds are crowing, flowers are overflowing, and Zen music is curling around. The troubles and disputes of the secular world suddenly disappear, and the sense of Zen permeates my mind......
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The USA Zen Culture Center is composed of a group of Chinese people living in the United States, Canada, Mexico and other three countries, who have a strong interest in the Chinese traditional culture Tiantai Sect or have been converted to Buddhism for many years, Now following one of the ancestral temples of the Tiantai Sect, Huang'an (now Hong'an County), Hubei Province, the Buddhist monk Shiwule of the Tiantai Temple has innovated a new period of Buddhism, which is a Chinese and foreign believer who lives in Zen, "practicing music, becoming a Buddha with virtue, and making the world happy with ceremony".
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