Koan, budismo zen, budismo Chan, meditación, meditation, buddhism

Gong’an and the Kanhua System of Meditation

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A gōng’àn 公案 (“public case”; better known by its Japanese name, kōan) is a phrase, dialogue, or short story used in Chán 禪Buddhism to arouse doubts in the practitioner and test his understanding. In China, a Chán system of meditation was developed that based obtaining spiritual enlightenment on concentration on these phrases.

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El papel del maestro en las tradiciones de China

The Role of the Master in Chinese Tradition

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In Chinese Martial Arts, the figure of the teacher is of vital importance, since anyone who wants to learn a martial art needs a teacher to transmit the teaching. In the West, many times the role of the teacher is misinterpreted; to understand it better, we must first examine the figure of the teacher in the religious tradition of China.

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Nubes y Lluvia, Poesía China, Gao Tang Fu, Song Yu

Clouds and Rain on Mount Wushan

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“Clouds and Rain on Mount Wūshān” (巫山雲雨 Wū Shān yún yǔ) is an expression provenient from an erotic scene contained in a poem from the 3rd century B.C. The Chinese have incorporated this expression into spoken language to poetically signify the physical act of love between man and woman. Let’s take a look at the story behind it, whose authorship is attributed to Sòng Yù 宋玉.

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Esgrima, Artes Marciales, Caligrafía, Relación entre Caligrafía y Esgrima

The Sword and the Brush

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In Chinese culture, the concepts of Wǔ 武 and Wén 文, which represent the military and civil spheres in government, are considered opposite but complementary. At the individual level, these concepts find their best representation in two seemingly antithetical but very similar arts: swordsmanship (Dāo Fǎ 刀法) and calligraphy (Shū Fǎ 書法).

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Caligrafía china, Gong Fu, estilos de caligrafía

The Main Styles of Chinese Calligraphy

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Calligraphy (書法 shūfǎ) is, along with ink painting, with which it is closely related, one of the most practiced ancient arts in China. Scholars, poets and painters were often great calligraphers. This art is regarded not only as an aesthetic form of writing but also as a way to cultivate one’s own character and to develop gōng fu 功夫.

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Guan Yin y la evolución del budismo en China

Guan Yin and the Indigenization of Buddhism in China

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Within Buddhism, Guan Yin 觀音 is the Chinese name of Avalokiteshvara, the bodhisattva of compassion. His figure has undergone a unique transformation, and it is a great example of how Buddhism, a foreign religion, became so deeply rooted in people’s minds, to the point of becoming authentically Chinese.

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