The Legacy of Chan

This is an online course on the origins of Chan that was developed by students of Master Sheng Yen for the Website, Legacy of Chan. Like other introductory courses at Ashoka, the Chan Legacy course is free.

The course provides an introduction to the nature and style of Chan Buddhism, which has been practiced in China since around the 6th century C.E. and, when exported to Japan around the 11-12th century, became the source of "Zen."

The ultimate goal of Chan is the realization of one's true nature and the expression of this realization in our interactions with others. The goal is nothing less than the attainment of our full potential as buddhas—the embodiment of wisdom and compassion.

In this course we look at Chan from three perspectives: the teachings, the methods, and the lineage of the patriarchs, masters, and teachers.

Click here for the Legacy of Chan course.