Venerable Grand Master Meng Can（夢參）
Venerable Grand Master Meng Can was born in 1915 in Town of Kaitong in Heilongjiang Province of China.
In 1931, Grand-Master was accepted at the feet of Master Xiuling（修林） and renounced the world at Temple Yaowang in Beijing. He was given the Dharma name “Jue Xing” and became a renounced disciple in the lineage of “Lin Ji”（臨濟宗） of Northern Wu Tai. Being a very humble spiritual seeker, Grand-Master refers himself as the name of “Meng Can”.
Grand-Master took the vow to follow the code of constrain for monk in 1931. Upon the completion of the training, he paid pilgrim to the holy mountain of “Jiu Hua”, where he participated in the special ceremony which was held every sixty years to cut the hair and nails for Di Zang Monk who lived in this world between 696 and 794.
Grand-Master visited many holy mountains and places in India and China after he renounced the world. Grand-Master also engaged himself in serious Chan practice and studying of Bodhi Dharma from many holy saints including Master Xu Yun（虛雲）, Master Chi Zhou（慈舟）, Master Yan Xu ( ? ), Master Hong Yi（弘一）and the tenth Renpoqie in Tibet.
Because of Grand-Master’s outstanding conducts and devotions, he started to give discourses in 1937 and obtained worldwide respects. Between 1937 and 2007, Grand Master was invited to various cities in China, Hong Kong, Singapore, India, Canada, and USA to give discourses.
His discourses covered many Holy Scriptures such as the Amitabh Sutra，the Bodhisattva Kishitigarbha Vow Sutra, The Heart Sutra, the Diamond Sutra, the Avatamsaka (Huayen) Sutra, and the Sutra of Karma Assessment on Spiritual Path, and so on.
In 1991, Grand master accepted Master Haiyun at his holy feet as his renounced dispel, giving him the name of “Ji Meng” to inherit his spiritual legacy.
Triple Crane Retreat Center is led by the venerable Haiyun Jimeng (海雲繼夢), also known as Master Sea Cloud. He is a practitioner, thinker, speaker, religious leader and scholar. With his years of sincere spiritual practices and profound wisdom attained, Master Sea Cloud became a monastic in 1991.
Master Sea Cloud’s teaching encompasses a complete system of doctrine and practices. He particularly emphasizes that a real truth seeker should confirm the doctrines learned by his or her own personal experience from diligent practices. Accordingly, Master Sea Cloud’s Chan-Kuan teaching, based upon the doctrine of the Flower Adornment Sutra, focuses on practical life transformation. He provides students with stage by stage guidance to progressively deepen the meditative states of mind to personally get in touch with the true life and attain the supreme enlightenment as described by the Sutra. The natural by-products of the initial steps of training are:
Two ways to understand the ‘origin’ of Buddhism
The ‘origin’ of Buddhism may in fact be understood in two ways. First, it may refer to the Buddha’s awareness, upon his enlightenment, of the ultimate truth of the universe and the meaning of life itself, an awareness that transcended the traditional concepts of the Indian society of his day. In Brahmin belief, there was a higher-than-human sphere, occupied by a God who created and governed the world. Since the Buddha had, through his profound practice and realization, attained the state beyond that of the heaven where there is neither thinking nor not-thinking (Naivasamjnanasamjnayatana), the doctrines that emerged from his spiritual experience where obviously bound to be different from those of other religious figures. In this sense it is the Buddha’s own supreme Enlightenment that is the ‘origin’ of Buddhism as a universal teaching which has transformed our world.
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