From what i have read the "who is this" method crosses a lot of traditions. "Who is this" is traditionally short for "Who is this reciting the buddhas name?"aflatun wrote: ↑Sun Dec 17, 2017 12:00 amAwesome, I love huatou, but I don't have a teacher, so I can't say I really practice it (but I do in a way )
The complete instructions i was given fyi, which i wouldnt necessarily recommend following, they might have been personal to me since i had known this teacher for a while, were as follows:
Look, as in look inside, turning the light around, as they say in chan and ask "who is this?" Continue looking and asking until the question is no longer necessary and there is just the looking and the sense of inquiring, "who is this?"
Look with the sense that you are seeing an old friend that you bumped into, that you cant quite place or recognize. I was also told to not concentrate too hard and again i think these instructions might have been somewhat personally tailored to me, i sometimes veer toward being a little too intense.