From the Buddha's first twirl of the flower in front of Mahakasyapa it was demonstrated that the self nature of mind was beyond words and phrases.
The practice of Chan is the culmination of Buddhist doctrine showing influences of the Abhidharma and Yogacara schools, centered by Nagarjuna's Madyamika school. It has undergone a sinification via Taoist and Confucian influences leading to the Awakening of Faith in the Mahayana.
Chan's foundational principles are set forth in the Prajnaparamita and Tathatagarbha sutras. This background establishes Right View, the essential manner to practice Chan. Applied to Chan's meditation techniques, Right View can bring about rapid realization of the self nature of mind. Without it a practitioner is only futilely attempting to polish consciousness.
Students will utilize Right View in a traditional Chan Retreat setting to develop the proper meditative practice.
Gilbert Gutierrez has over thirty-nine years of meditation experience, which includes his study of various martial arts as well as Chi Gong. In 2002, he received Dharma Transmission from Master Sheng Yen, making him the only western lineage holder currently residing in the United States. For many years since being conferred Inka, Gilbert has lectured and conducted retreats extensively throughout North America. One of the prerequisites of a Dharma heir is to demonstrate Right View. Gilbert has tirelessly studied and continues to study many aspects of Buddhadharma all for the sake of accomplishing his vow to deliver all sentient beings. He conducts retreats and lectures throughout North America. His home base is in Southern California and he lectures regularly at the Los Angeles DDMBA chapter and with his own group in Riverside, California. Gilbert teaches in a classical Chan style which inspires his students to investigate Chan through diligent practice.