Those who recite Buddhaâ€™s name usually criticize those who investigate Châ€™an and those who investigate Châ€™an usually slander those who recite Buddhaâ€™s name. They seem to oppose each other like enemies. Some of them even wish that the others would die. This is a terrible thing to have happen in Buddhism. There is a saying which goes something like this: â€œA family in harmony will succeed in everything, whereas a family in decline is sure to argue. â€œWith all of this fighting among brothers, it is no wonder that others laugh at us and look down at us.
Investigating Châ€™an, reciting Buddhaâ€™s name, and other methods are all teachings of Shakyamuni Buddha. The original Path is not separate from these methods. It is only because of the different karmic roots and mentalities of sentient beings that different methods are taught. It is like giving different antidotes for different poisons. Later on, patriarchs divided Buddhaâ€™s teaching into different sects corresponding to different theories. Because the needs of people differ at different times, patriarchs propagated the Dharma in different ways.
If an individual practices a method that fits his character, then regardless of which Dharma door he uses, he can penetrate the Path. Actually, there are no superior and inferior Dharma doors. Furthermore, Dharma doors are interconnected. all are perfect and without obstruction. For example, when one recites the Buddhaâ€™s name to the point of one-mindedness, is this not investigating Châ€™an? When one investigates Châ€™an to the point of no separation between the investigator and that which is being investigated, is this not reciting the real characteristic of the Buddha? Châ€™an is not other than the Châ€™an within the Pure Land and Pure Land is not other than the Pure Land within Châ€™an. Châ€™an and pure Land are mutually enriching, and they function together.
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