The Poetry of Enlightenment: Poems by Ancient Chan Masters

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For the masters of the Chan tradition, poetry was a form of creative expression, but even more than that, it was a primary vehicle for teaching. Here a modern master presents ten teaching poems from the ancient masters, with illuminating commentary. ?These poems flow directly from the minds of the enlightened Chan masters,? Master Sheng Yen says. ?We get a glimpse into their experience at the time of, and after, their enlightenment. It is my hope that this collection of poems will give those who are interested in...
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For the masters of the Chan tradition, poetry was a form of creative expression, but even more than that, it was a primary vehicle for teaching. Here a modern master presents ten teaching poems from the ancient masters, with illuminating commentary. “These poems flow directly from the minds of the enlightened Chan masters,” Master Sheng Yen says. “We get a glimpse into their experience at the time of, and after, their enlightenment. It is my hope that this collection of poems will give those who are interested in the practice a new way of looking at Chan.”
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 Praise for Sheng Yen:

“When I listen to Master Sheng Yen’s presentation of Chan Buddhist teachings, my immediate and very profound feeling is that I am listening to words of wisdom from someone who is very experienced and a great practitioner.”—His Holiness, the Dalai Lama

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590303993
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/10/2006
  • Series: Buddhism Series
  • Pages: 112
  • Product dimensions: 5.44 (w) x 8.44 (h) x 0.19 (d)

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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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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2014

    My Poems

    #1.) Hard Times <p> Get me through these hard times. <br> Be my friend, the shoulder to cry on. <Br> Be my friend, someone who won't cross lines. <br> Be my friend, someone I can't die on. <p> Help me take this pain away. <br> Be my mind, tell me what to do. <br> Be my mind, tell me what to say. <br> Be my mind, tell me what makes me blue. <p> Stay 'til the end. <br> Be my life, lead the way. <br> Be my life, not just my friend. <br> Be my life, make me stay. <p> Don't let me go. <br> Be my smile, the times I frown. <br> Be my smile, when things go wrong. Br> Be my smile, when I'm down. <br> Be my smile, to wear when the days are long. &#9825 <p> #2.) Knife Cuts (Short Version) <p> This knife cuts so deep. <br> Let the blood flow, let it seep. <br> Drown all my sorrows and my grief. <br> With the blade that reflects: Me. <p> #3.) Depressed <p> It grows inside my body. <br> It makes me cry and hurt. <br> It knows how to cut my soul open. <br> It's the main lobby. <br> It never stops, it always lurks. <br> It won't let me be hopin'. <p> It's almost like a knife. <br> Cuts me deeper each time. <br> It severs my heart. <br> It has ruined my life. <br> It has no life-line. <br> It has no end, because it's too smart. <p> I look out the window, seeing only dark. <br> It has me trapped for all of eternity. <br> It's crazy, I'm a mess. <br> I must be a target, am I your mark? <br> What do you want from me? <br> Now I see, it's nothing else, I'm just depressed. <p> [More in the next result.] <p> &#9825 Karma &#9825

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