AN ODE TO ZEN IN DAILY LIFE…MASTER JING HUI
Years after his death, many people owe so much to this great man who has transformed Buddhism into a new renaissance. The pianist, Torsten Reitz, is playing Bach for the man that has touched many, including those in the audience. Women and men are wearing traditional robes, and some are also well known Chinese monks. The man being celebrated is Master Jing Hui
MASTER JING HUI – A CELEBRATION
At the memorial ceremony for Master Jing Hui, a Chinese monk tells about the responsibilities that come with being a Buddhist monk, such as to maintain the temple and spreading Buddhism. He notes it’s not to be used as a worldly escape. Master Jing Hui would understand the concept of modern living, and would break down the walls of Buddhist ideology and introduce a new set of principles to form a more balanced approach of modern-day Buddhism. This was in 1991 when Master Jing Hui created Zen in Daily Life.
ZEN IN DAILY LIFE
The principles of Zen in Daily Life were in regards to being grateful for everything that is given to you, whether it’s appreciating every grain of rice, or being happy and present in the moment. Master Jing Hui’s other principles were helping the fellow man, and applying a calm and collected attitude to one’s life.
According to this video, and three years after his death, the integration of Buddhism was what Master Jing Hui was hoping for. His message would be spread throughout China.
But it would be in Germany where the message also gets through. In 2009, a Willigis Junger was anointed as a disciple of Master Jing Hui. Bernd Groschupp, from Western Germany, became an apprentice. Master Jing Hui’s main principle in his Zen life teachings is to be a human being, and that’s the most important thing. Whether one is a Buddhist, Catholic or any other religion, Master Jing Hui would always say to his apprentices and disciples, that ‘you are a human being’. Thought provoking stuff.
This video compasses the love and value of Master Jing Hui. What he achieved in the world through the philosophy of Buddhism is ground-breaking, especially at this point in time, where knowledge and technology are now key to everything in life. Information is power, but the belief of ‘doing good’ is the centre point of Master Jing Hui’s belief system. Where it began for him back in 1933, Master Jing Hui’s life has spanned two centuries and lived through many challenges that China has experienced since 1949. He trained as a student with the other great master Xu Yen and ordained as a Ch’an Buddhist monk at the Yen Men Temple in Guangdong province. This is the basis for what he would achieve many decades later.
BUDDHISM – A GLOBAL PHILOSOPHY?
The name Buddhism comes from the word ‘budhi’, which means ‘to wake up’. So basically, it is a philosophy of awakening. Buddhism is now 2500 years old. In the 1900’s, Buddhism was mainly an Asian philosophy, but it now has 300 million followers from all around the world, mainly Europe and America. Some say it is a philosophy and not a religion.
The word philosophy comes from two words, ‘Philo’ which means ‘love’ and ‘Sophia’, which means ‘wisdom’. So Buddhism is the awakening of love and wisdom. The knowing of all parts.
As Master Jing Hui trained in the Buddhist traditions of Ch’an, these are compatible with the essential teachings of Buddhism. Within the Buddhist tradition of Ch’an, there are four sentences:
“Do not set up words and sentences”
“Teach outside of tradition”
“Point directly to the mind”
“Perceive its true nature and attain Buddhahood”
These sentences define the practice and purpose, essential spirit and basic requirements of the Ch’an Buddhist tradition through principle. Those who enter through principle understand all beings, whether enlightened or unenlightened, share the exact true nature.
BUDDHISM TODAY – ZEN IN DAILY LIFE
Aside from Jing Hui’s Buddhism philosophy, Buddhism today offers many a way to deepen one’s spiritual experience, or overcome stress and anxiety. Our current fast pace, high-stress life is causing great harm to our body, mind, and spirit. That’s why many have taken an interest in Buddhism. It allows centeredness through meditation, and through the action of good deeds, including thoughts. There are many forms of Buddhism in the world. As they say, there are 84,000 paths to enlightenment. In all those paths, there are two words that cover most, and that is forgiveness and gratitude. They are the centre of Dharma, the universal truth. Through meditation and journeys, one begins to be Zen-like. But as Master Jing Hui says, ‘We are a human being’. We may have spiritual yearnings, but we are still human. But trying to allow Zen to infiltrate our busy lives is where Ch’an Buddhism comes through. To be grateful with every mouthful you take. To help one another. To be centred. The new versions of Buddhism, with added Zen, is Mindfulness. It’s a concept of allowing one to be in the present moment. This is what Master Jing Hui alluded to. Mindfulness now has its own following. It’s now a buzz word of the mid twenty-teens. Something people are now practising more of.
BUDDHISM VS CHRISTIANITY – ZEN IN THE BIBLE?
Apparently Jesus Christ, as he was called, did have 15 years of mystery. Where did he go? To some scholars, he went to India and other parts of Asia. He apparently studied the teachings of Buddhism. He found many parts of the universal truth at that time. He then scurried back to Palestine and amassed those who would listen. He had a following. I’m not religious myself, but there are similar points in the bible that reflect a similar note of reference to Buddhism. It alludes to the idea of loving your neighbour and having forgiveness. Also, in Buddhism, reincarnation is a concept. In the edited versions of the Bible, they took out the reference of reincarnation. For what Jesus learnt in the Continent, the truth was written. In Buddhism, there are no actual written sentences. It was an oral tradition. But now with technology, it is again changing.