15 Nov. 2017
7:00 pm. Fri. night
Introduces his family: my wife, my daughter Yen, my son Hsin and my students: my Russian
representative, Alex Skalazub; and my US students: from NY, Richard Kelly; from Arizona, Ashe Higgs; from New Jersey, Dr. Wai Tang; from Pennsylvania, Dr. Nancy Watterson.
Thanks a lot for having me here.
I believe that most of you guys here have learned some kind of Martial arts, yes? Majority yes. Then, we are going to talk about martial arts, self-defense or about movement of physical mechanism. And about how mental and physical coordinate. The system I have, we call it Zhong Xin Dao I Liq Chuan, and it’s based on Zen philosophy and Tao. Zen and Tao philosophy is talking about nature as it is. It’s about how things are. So, it’s an approach of seeing Nature itself. So, we talk about the Moment, the Present. First of all, we want to understand what is the nature, what is the characteristic of Nature. Then you only know what kind of approach. The characteristic of the nature is change and it doesn’t have solid entity.
That means everything is based on conditions. You need things to be there so that condition is formed. So, if conditions is not there, it just cannot be formed. Then we talk about what kind of quality you need to be with the change. That is what we talk about the approach of Zhong Xin Dao. In Chinese Zhong is center—you can also say middle, but you also can say neutral. Xin is the heart. Dao is the way. So, in the middle of the heart lays the path. Then what is neutral? Simple to say: you need to be able to change with change with the moment. So, neutral also has the quality of formless. Formless—it means it can change and adapt. The most important part here is that everything keeps on changing, then how can you know?
In Dao, we talk about everything change then has one balance point. This balance point is a steady
point, present point, neutral point. To know and to change. Let me give you an example. So, we need to understand first, what is knowing? How can you know? Everyone says that they know; how can you know? Your knowing is based on what reference? Everyone knows. Everyone knows differently—why?
(Because we are different). We are different based on what? [human nature—no]. Based on our
accumulation of experience. So, everyone know differently because it’s from the past. When we say
‘present’, everyone says now I’m here, I see, I touch, that’s why I know—yes? You know from
where—experience. Do you call that ‘present’? No. That’s from the past. Even if now you are in the
present (I see, I touch, I know this from my experience—that means that is not present).
Normally, everyone says that is his present: because I hear and see—that is my present. But in Dao and Zen that is not present because you use your past experience to know the moment. That’s why we talk that this is ‘judging’; then, here that’s why everyone knows differently. The nyou can say everyone is right also because it’s based on their own viewpoint. But practically speaking, everyone is wrong. Yes? It cannot be right. If you are with the present to see the moment by itself, everyone sees the same: because nature is only one thing.
That is why we call that the Way Things Are. Alright? Or, in Zen we talk about this as Suchness: it’s Just Like This. So in order to understand the moment of that present, it’s just now what I say: everything changes…but there’s one balance point within all the change.
So sometimes I use the words like ‘change with the change maintain not to change.” That is the balance point. That is the present point. Only that present point will you understand from there you then connect. In the present of the moment you can know it only through DIRECT.
When you can hold on to direct here, not falling back to the past experience, then normally people would say ‘oh you have concentration here; oh, now you are connected. Through connecting and steadying and stable and balance. . .from here we talk about the clarity comes: from knowing the clarity, what is clarity? How can you describe clarity?
[crowd answers: something you can’t see; you see one thing…]
Sifu asks: based on what?
You see that’s the problem here, to maintain here. Tai Chi talks about One is born two, two born three, three the thousand things are born. One is Wu Ji, two Tai Chi, three: yin and yang. That means what?
Three is the separation that also unifies. Only by understanding separations and unifications do they give you the difference.
It’s the difference….it’s not opposite. Difference has separations, has unifications, and they have the relationship; and the relationship has cause and consequence. Cause and consequence has cause and effect. You know the moment by cause and effect.
From here, sometimes we say, why is that separation and unification make things clear? I like to make the example of …do you know what is high definition television? It’s based on what? [seeing the entire picture, smaller and smaller particles)
Yes, it’s based on the pixels. So the higher the pixels the clearer the picture yes? Because of the separation and unifications, they make it clearer. So if you can understand here in the moment, it’s based on this idea.
In tai chi it’s said 1 to 2, 2 to 4, 4 to 8, 8 to 16, 16 to 32, you keep on breaking down. Provided you can be there…Yes?
Then, we say if you can be there that means, as some say, ‘concentration.’ But by right there is no concentration because by understanding the nature you cannot add, you cannot take away. That means you cannot interfere.
That’s why in tai chi they talk about bu di bu ding: no resistance, no backing off.
That means it’s the flow, yes? Flow, if you understand it, flow is present. Flow has a stillness point. Flow has a present point. And has a neutral point.
Put your hands together: (this is changing: move your two hands around, fingers touching). But this point (of contact) doesn’t change: the pressure maintains the same, though you are changing. You are changing with the change not to change.
This is the present point. Until you understand this point…this point is where you connect. This is the principle where the present understanding of these principles that connect with the moment. From here, you only recognize and realize.
But do you understand what is ‘recognize’? HOW can you recognize? [ answers: comparing different things] Many people think they need the past to recognize. No. To recognize is knowing what is happening that happens. Understand?
That is the moment of seeing the difference, seeing the change. So, this is about knowing what kind of reference you use. That’s why we talk about when you are present, it’s based on stillness and clarity.
Before here, then we talk more about this: how can you know? What is knowing? We already mentioned that after you know, you use that kind of reference—the PRESENT reference. We must know HOW to pay attention in order to know. Alright?
In everything is based on Point of Contact. You know from point of contact. You act to the point of contact. What, then, is Point of contact? We have five senses point of contact: Eyes for form, Ears for hearing, Smell, Mouth for taste, the Body for Touch. But point of contact must have 3 things, in order for it to be established. The 3 things are: Object, Subject, and Consciousness, or else you have eyes but can’t see and ears that can’t hear. That means attention must be there.
That’s why in Tai chi they talk about Yi Chi and Li. First, attention must be there (yi), then energy will be there (chi), then the action (Li). Alright? So yi chi li. In order to have the right attention where do you see me sitting here? Where do you see me?
(in front of us. No, he laughs).
No, YOU see me in your own mind/eyes (points to own head). To have Right Attention you don’t see me here. I am only just a REFLECTION. If you see me here, you have INTENTION. What is intention? Intention means you already are going out. That means you’re trying to ADD something, adding. That means if your attention is out, you cannot be ready. When we talk attention, when we talk about awareness, readiness and alertness must be there. If my attention is out, then when I want to act, then I need to bring back my attention—then you will have in and out.
That is the wrong attention. But you need effort. Effort is like intention, but this effort or intention is
Attention is OPENING (wider), but we need the intention to hold onto attention, or else your
attention cannot hold more than a few seconds—it flies out every few seconds.
Alright. So this is about how can you know. In philosophy, concepts, principles everything must align with that. Philosophy is about the nature itself. And to understand that is only through recognizing and realizing. Because it’s already there. Because you cannot imitate or accumulate. And in concepts actually we talk about there’s nothing to learn: it’s there. Yes? So, why can’t we see there? Why can’t we know?
It’s because our past experience, our habit, blocks our view. That’s why in Zhong Xin Dao we approach with the neutral view. And in Principles, we talk about the past and the present. With the past experience we have only 3 kinds of feelings: I like, I don’t like, I don’t know. This is the past. If you have these 3 feelings, you are already in the past. Present is only stillness and clarity.
So, this is the philosophy, concepts and principles. From here we talk about Mental Neutral and Physical Neutral. Mental Neutral is to understand what is concentration and what is awareness, so this is about how to be mindful. And physical neutral starts with 1 point. One point that separates: one to two, two to three. And a point is also a neutral point, a center point. What is the quality and what kind of condition do you need in order to say a center?
A center must have forward backward, left right, up and down. So the center must have 6 directions and 3 dimensions—then this is the neutral center. And also a junction point. And also the Fullness Point. Form here only can you change with change.
Now, a point must be strong, and it’s also a pivot point. What is the quality of the pivot point? To have action you must have a pivot point. Without the pivot point there’s no action because a pivot point gives yin yang, and if it’s not strong you cannot give direction. A direction comes from a point. You guys understand here? Why point gives direction?
You need a point to give a direction, since direction is an angle of movement. So you need a point to give direction. What goes out must comeback. What goes out returns, not reverse. You must understand my words here: return and reverse are two different things.
When you return from one point you stretch to the other point; you hold onto this point and return on this point: you complete the cycle. When the cycle completes, you have no gaps. And you have no beginning and ending. It’s only a matter of what moves and what supports. If a point to another point reverses, there will be a gap.
Q: when he hears a reflection from the point, then he close the gap?
No. When you stretch you are present. That means it’s a stretching. in Chinese they call it 穿“[ chuān ]
This is the skill of unifying from center to center. Then you have the information transfer. In martial arts they call this Ting jìn—listening power. If you only can stretch only to this one room, this big, and connect but if I can then connect as big as this whole campus, this university, then insider here (this room) you know, but outside you don’t know. But outside is under my area, yes?
That means outside is your future. So, your future is under my present. So, you cannot be faster than me. THIS is Ting Jin [heightened attention]: it’s how you expand your attention, your listening power.
Or, you can say it’s the Awareness.