Nothing to Do, Nowhere to Go: Reflections on the Teachings of Zen Master Lin Chi [NOOK Book]

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The Zen school of Mahayana Buddhism contends that each one of us is already a Buddha — the enlightenment we seek is always within us, waiting to be realized through mindfulness and concerted spiritual work. This truth pushes us toward practice, in the hopes that we may awaken our potential and live up to what is inside us. This is a notion taught widely by ninth century Zen Master Lin Chi, and in his tradition Thich Nhat Hanh employs the teachings and writings of Mahayana Buddhism to discuss specific ...
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Nothing to Do, Nowhere to Go: Reflections on the Teachings of Zen Master Lin Chi

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Overview

The Zen school of Mahayana Buddhism contends that each one of us is already a Buddha — the enlightenment we seek is always within us, waiting to be realized through mindfulness and concerted spiritual work. This truth pushes us toward practice, in the hopes that we may awaken our potential and live up to what is inside us. This is a notion taught widely by ninth century Zen Master Lin Chi, and in his tradition Thich Nhat Hanh employs the teachings and writings of Mahayana Buddhism to discuss specific topics in Buddhist study and practice. With these teachings, readers have the tools to awaken the Buddha within.
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Publishers Weekly

Vietnamese Zen Buddhist master Thich Nhat Hanh usually presents teachings simply and often lyrically. This book, a translation and commentary on teachings of the Chinese master Linji, a founder of the Zen tradition, is not so simple and not very lyrical. But there's a good reason. Linji was one of those Zen masters who was given to paradox, shouting at students and employing cryptic behaviors and words. As Nhat Hanh helpfully notes, "Reading his words is like taking a very strong medicine." So the contemporary Zen master is, comparatively, a more penetrable guide to his predecessor, as a commentator ought to be. The text calls on Nhat Hanh's scholarly abilities. He is more than a humble monk, and this side of him is much less familiar to his many readers. He is able to encapsulate Linji's philosophy in his characteristically memorable way: the enlightened person has "nothing to do, nowhere to go." Also true to form, he offers easy breathing practices based on what Linji says. The book could be better organized; the text and commentaries are in separate chapters, necessitating a lot of flipping back and forth. This book is fresh and stimulating for advanced Zen practitioners. (Oct.)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781935209317
  • Publisher: Parallax Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 140
  • File size: 257 KB

Meet the Author

Born in Hue, Vietnam, Thich Nhat Hanh is a Buddhist monk, poet, scholar, and human rights activist. In 1967, he was nominated by Martin Luther King, Jr., for the Nobel Peace Prize. He is author of more than one hundred books, sixty in English, including Being Peace, Old Path White Clouds, Anger, and No Death, No Fear. He lives at Plum Village, his meditation center in France, and travels worldwide, leading retreats on “the art of mindful living.”
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  • Posted November 20, 2009

    The most accessible translation/commentary ever! of The Record of Master Linchi/Rinzai ! Transforms our lives much more than book by same author "Heart of the Buddha's Teaching" so retitle? this 2007 book "Practicing the Heart of Bud

    a few years ago, our local group tried to read another more stark version of The Record of Master Linchi/Linji/Rinzai [we usually read ~~ 1/2 chapter a week on Thurs eve after 80 minutes of meditation]. But we gave up after only a few weeks on that version.
    But this time we're halfway through "nothing to do, nowhere to go" by Thich Nhat Hanh 2007 [version of The Record of Master Linchi/Linji/Rinzai]. And we're still doing pretty well with it: paying full attention etc.
    ~~With a deep bow, Tuck Doyu [ = Dao Yu in Chinese] Forsythe, Ellensburg WA

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