Attaining the Way: A Guide to the Practice of Chan Buddhism

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This is an inspiring guide to the practice of Chan (Chinese Zen) in the words of four great masters of that tradition. It includes teachings from contemporary masters Xuyun and Sheng Yen, and from Jiexian and Boshan of the Ming Dynasty (1368–1644). Though the texts were written over a period of hundreds of years, they are all remarkably lucid and are perfect for beginners as well as more advanced practitioners today. All the main points of spiritual practice are covered: philosophical foundations, methods, ...
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Overview

This is an inspiring guide to the practice of Chan (Chinese Zen) in the words of four great masters of that tradition. It includes teachings from contemporary masters Xuyun and Sheng Yen, and from Jiexian and Boshan of the Ming Dynasty (1368–1644). Though the texts were written over a period of hundreds of years, they are all remarkably lucid and are perfect for beginners as well as more advanced practitioners today. All the main points of spiritual practice are covered: philosophical foundations, methods, approaches to problems and obstacles—all aimed at helping the student attain the way to enlightenment.
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 Praise for Sheng Yen

"Master Sheng Yen is a true spiritual practitioner of deep and broad learning."—H. H. the Dalai Lama

"Chan Master Sheng Yen is a great teacher, and I have great confidence in his scholarship and wisdom."—Thich Nhat Hanh

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Who am I? Where am I going? How do I connect with my indwelling nature and the oneness of life? Ardent Chan Buddhism (Chinese Zen) master Yen (There Is No Suffering) vests these vibrant questions with a much-needed practical response, aiding Western laypersons and scholars as they learn or deepen their spiritual practice through Buddhism. Three Chan masters' works are presented here in addition to the author's. Part 1 (Boshan Yuanlai) indicates common practice mistakes and erroneous views. Part 2 (Yuanyun Jiexian) focuses on constructively addressing the above problems and also describes the history of Chan. Part 3 (Xuyun) deals with ridding oneself of scattered thoughts in order to develop inner calm. Part 4 (Sheng) highlights dynamic Chan methods for use on long meditation retreats and is helpful to novices of Zen, Tibetan, and secular types of meditation as well. Coming in contact with the innate sense of "not knowing," Chinese huatous (life questions to be spiritually and gently pondered), and finding or becoming a qualified teacher are also deftly explored. One detraction: the section on "losing the correct thought" may be difficult for Chan beginners to grasp. For larger specialized philosophy/religion collections as well as larger public and academic libraries. Lisa Liquori, MLS, Syracuse, NY Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590303726
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/10/2006
  • Series: Zen Buddhism Series
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 836,232
  • Product dimensions: 5.43 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Chan Master Sheng Yen (1930–2009) was a widely respected Taiwanese Chan (Chinese Zen) master who taught extensively in the West during the last thirty-one y ears of his life, with twenty-one centers throughout North America, as well as dozens of others throughout the world. He has co-led retreats with the Dalai Lama, and he is the author of numerous books in Chinese and English, including Song of Mind, The Method of No-Method, and his autobiography, Footprints in the Snow.

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