Method of No-Method: The Chan Practice of Silent Illumination

Method of No-Method: The Chan Practice of Silent Illumination

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by Sheng Yen
     
 

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Here is a spiritual practice uncomplicated enough for anyone to learn, yet rich enough to be worked with for a lifetime. The traditional Chan (Chinese Zen) practice called Silent Illumination begins with nothing more than putting aside all thoughts except the awareness of oneself “just sitting.” It’s so simple in execution that it has sometimes

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Here is a spiritual practice uncomplicated enough for anyone to learn, yet rich enough to be worked with for a lifetime. The traditional Chan (Chinese Zen) practice called Silent Illumination begins with nothing more than putting aside all thoughts except the awareness of oneself “just sitting.” It’s so simple in execution that it has sometimes been called the “method of no-method”—yet simple as it is, the practice is subtle and profound, with the potential for ever subtler refinements as the practitioner moves toward mastery of it. When fully penetrated, this radical form of emptying one’s busy mind-stream leads to perception of the vast ocean of pure awareness.

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“Chan Master Sheng Yen has the truly rare ability to harmonize classical teaching with actual meditation practice. In The Method of No-Method he does this for the beautiful and profound Chinese Silent Illumination approach to meditation. It feels as if he is taking us, step by step and with great clarity, on our own personal retreat. Here is invaluable guidance for all students of meditative living.”—Larry Rosenberg, author of Breath by Breath and Living in the Light of Death

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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781590305751
Publisher:
Shambhala Publications, Inc.
Publication date:
11/11/2008
Pages:
144
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.50(d)

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“Chan Master Sheng Yen has the truly rare ability to harmonize classical teaching with actual meditation practice. In The Method of No-Method he does this for the beautiful and profound Chinese Silent Illumination approach to meditation. It feels as if he is taking us, step by step and with great clarity, on our own personal retreat. Here is invaluable guidance for all students of meditative living.”—Larry Rosenberg, author of Breath by Breath and Living in the Light of Death

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

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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    Method of No-Method: The Chan Practice of Silent Illumination 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    This book was recommended to be read before attending a Silent Illumination retreat. Although I did not understand its full meaning before the retreat; it prepared a foundation for practice during the retreat and for mediation practice afterwards. If one wishes to learn, practice, and understand the path of Chan Buddhism, The teachings as presented by Chan Master Sheng Yen are highly reputable, comprehensible, and accessible.