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The Essence of Chan: A Practical Guide to Life and Practice according to the Teachings of Bodhidharma

The Essence of Chan: A Practical Guide to Life and Practice according to the Teachings of Bodhidharma

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by Guo Gu
     
 

Legend has it that more than a thousand years ago, an Indian Buddhist monk named Bodhidharma arrived in China. His approach to teaching was unlike that of any of the Buddhist practitioners who had come to China before him. Bodhidharma confounded and infuriated the emperor with cryptic dialogues before traveling the country and eventually settling into a

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Legend has it that more than a thousand years ago, an Indian Buddhist monk named Bodhidharma arrived in China. His approach to teaching was unlike that of any of the Buddhist practitioners who had come to China before him. Bodhidharma confounded and infuriated the emperor with cryptic dialogues before traveling the country and eventually settling into a cave behind Mount Song, where he meditated for nine years, waiting to transmit his teachings to the right person. He would later be credited as the founder of Chan Buddhism.

Bodhidharma had such an impact on Chinese Buddhism because of the directness of his teaching. We are intrinsically free from vexations and afflictions, he taught, and our true nature is already perfect and undefiled.

Two Entries and Four Practices is one of the few texts that Bodhidharma composed. This short scripture contains the marrow, or essence, of all his teachings. Chan teacher Guo Gu offers a translation of this significant text, as well as an elaboration on the teachings on life and practice that it presents, which reflect the essence of Chan itself.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780834828438
Publisher:
Shambhala Publications, Inc.
Publication date:
11/14/2012
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Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
975,037
File size:
1 MB

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Meet the Author

Guo Gu (Dr. Jimmy Yu) was one of the late Master Sheng Yen’s senior and closest disciples. He assisted the master in leading intensive retreats at the various centers Master Sheng Yen (1930–2009) founded throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. Guo Gu also edited and translated a number of Master Sheng Yen’s books from Chinese to English.

Guo Gu first learned meditation at the age of four from Master Guangqin (1892–1986), one of the most respected Taiwanese meditation masters. In 1982, Guo Gu began meditation practice with Master Sheng Yen, who was then residing in New York. Guo Gu was eventually ordained a monk and became Sheng Yen’s first personal attendant and translator, traveling worldwide with him. In 1995, he received inka (the seal of approval) for his first Chan experience, and was given permission by Master Sheng Yen to teach Chan independently.

In 2000, Guo Gu left monasticism and re-entered lay life. He received his PhD in Buddhist Studies from Princeton University and is now teaching Buddhism and East Asian religions academically as an assistant professor at Florida State University, Tallahassee. He founded the Tallahassee Chan Group (www.tallahasseechan.com) and is also the guiding teacher for the Western Dharma Teachers Training course at the Chan Meditation Center in New York and the Dharma Drum Lineage.

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It is said that life is a journey. In his book, The Essence of Chan, Guo Gu provides the reader with a compass and map. He gently pushes the reader forward and inward so they can make this journey safely and with awareness. The author provides his readers with a concise but clear commentary on Bodhidharma's discourse Two Entries and Four Practices While presenting them with the meaning of Chan practice within the context It is said that life is a journey. In his book, The Essence of Chan, Guo Gu provides the reader with a compass and map. He gently pushes the reader forward and inward so they can make this journey safely and with awareness. The author provides his readers with a concise but clear commentary on Bodhidharma's discourse Two Entries and Four Practices while presenting them with the meaning of Chan practice within the context of Buddhist History.