The Complete Book of Zen

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Shaolin grandmaster Wong Kiew Kit explains the principles and practice of Zen with a clarity that can only come from true understanding.In The Complete Book of Zen, Wong Kiew Kit traces the history and meaning of Zen, following its geographical path from early beginnings in India to China, and then to Japan and Vietnam. He shows how Zen lies at the heart of all great works of art and culture, and then relates its practice to daily life, setting out how Zen training and meditation may:- Enhance internal strength, ...
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Overview

Shaolin grandmaster Wong Kiew Kit explains the principles and practice of Zen with a clarity that can only come from true understanding.In The Complete Book of Zen, Wong Kiew Kit traces the history and meaning of Zen, following its geographical path from early beginnings in India to China, and then to Japan and Vietnam. He shows how Zen lies at the heart of all great works of art and culture, and then relates its practice to daily life, setting out how Zen training and meditation may:- Enhance internal strength, concentration, intuitive abilities and emotional balance- Allow inspiring glimpses of cosmic reality- Help reduce states of chronic and degenerative diseasesThe exercises offer not only a spiritual appreciation of the practice, but also an actual physical experience of Zen. Irrespective of your religious or personal beliefs, The Complete Book of Zen will encourage you to explore your spiritual potential, and bring simplicity, focus and vitality into your life.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780974995830
  • Publisher: Cosmos Publishing, Incorporated NY
  • Publication date: 6/1/2010
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Pages: 360
  • Sales rank: 1,092,530
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Wong Kiew Kit has practiced and taught Shaolin arts for more than 40 years and has over 8,000 students worldwide. He is the fourth generation successor of monk Jian Nan of the Shaolin Monastery and Grandmaster of the Shaolin Wahnam Institute. He is a recipient of Qigong Master of the Year award in San Francisco in 1997.
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Table of Contents

Illustrations
1 What is Zen? (Meditation, a Cosmic Glimpse, Cosmic Reality) 1
2 Non-Buddhist and Debased Forms of Zen (Zen in Religion, Poetry and Deviated Practice) 11
3 The Benefits of Zen (A Refreshed Mind, Humour, Healing and Longevity) 21
4 The Characteristics of Zen (From Awakening to Enlightenment) 30
5 The Background to Zen (The Fundamental Doctrines of Buddhism) 40
6 Zen as Cosmic Reality (The Higher Wisdom of Buddhism) 51
7 The Spread of Zen from India (The Coming of Bodhidharma from the West) 63
8 Early History of Zen in China (From Hui Ke's No-Mind to Hui Neng's Buddha-Nature) 75
9 Zen of the Sixth Patriarch (The Teaching of Hui Neng on Meditation and Wisdom) 87
10 Fundamental Concepts in Zen Buddhism (The Transformation of Indian Buddhism to Chinese Buddhism) 96
11 The Zen of Sudden Enlightenment (Seeing Your Original Face in an Instant) 107
12 The Flowering of Zen in China (Ingenious Ways to Help Disciples Attain Awakening) 120
13 Zen Goes East to Japan (Spiritual Cultivation Through Koan and Zazen) 134
14 The Quiet Grandeur of Vietnamese Zen (Where Kings Abdicated to Practise Buddhism) 147
15 Understanding Zen in the Arts and Culture (The Cosmic Dimension in Martial Arts and Poetry) 160
16 Prerequisities for Zen Training (Preparing for a Long but Rewarding Journey) 175
17 Zen of Strength and Movement (Shaolin Kungfu for Zen Cultivation) 187
18 Zen for Health, Internal Strength and Vitality (Zen Training Through Shaolin Chi Kung) 213
19 The Zen of Highest Attainment (Meditation of One-Pointedness and of No-Mind) 227
20 Illogical Zen - Or So It Seems (Zen Cultivation Through the Gong-Ans) 240
21 The Zen of Compassion (Chanting Sutras and Mantras in Zen Cultivation) 251
22 Developmental Stages and Crucial Questions in Zen Cultivation (Ten Ox Pictures, Enlightenment and Soul) 263
23 Zen in Daily Life (How to be Effective and More Joyful and Alive) 284
Notes 297
App Dragon in Zen 307
Further Reading 312
Index 315
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