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Way to Buddhahood: Instructions from a Modern Chinese Master

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The Way to Buddhahood is a compendium of two thousand years of Chinese practice in assimilating and understanding the Buddhist experience of enlightenment. It is the first in-depth explanation of Chinese Buddhism by Yin-shun, the greatest living master of the Chinese scholar-monk tradition. The master's broad scope not only includes the traditional Chinese experience but also ideas from the Tibetan monastic tradition. This is one of those rare classic books that authentically captures an entire Buddhist tradition...

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The Way to Buddhahood is a compendium of two thousand years of Chinese practice in assimilating and understanding the Buddhist experience of enlightenment. It is the first in-depth explanation of Chinese Buddhism by Yin-shun, the greatest living master of the Chinese scholar-monk tradition. The master's broad scope not only includes the traditional Chinese experience but also ideas from the Tibetan monastic tradition. This is one of those rare classic books that authentically captures an entire Buddhist tradition between its covers.

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"This book, which is a reflection of his long life of study, service and meditation, is a living testament to Yin-Shun's spirituality and erudition. His interpretations bring freshness to the examination of Buddhist doctrine in a clear, compelling style."—The Beacon

"Students of Buddhism will find this an important guide."—The Bookwatch

"Readers will enjoy the traits of Yin-shun that set him apart from most traditional monk-scholars: his reliance upon diverse sources and traditions, coupled with a highly precise, scholastic examination. But scholars will also find interest in how his book reveals the etiology of the Chinese Tripitaka, while never cleaving to any particular school, since all point toward the Buddha way. For Yin-shun, it is a matter of skillful means: all the ideas presented are legitimate, from Pure Land to the School of Mere Consciousness, their efficacy simply depending on the user's sophistication. General readers, particularly students, will enjoy how this philosophy creates a survey of Buddhist belief in the Chinese vein, while academics will be interested in how such a survey places his thought within the intellectual tradition of Chinese Buddhism."—The Journal of Buddhist Ethics

“This fine translation…is a most welcome addition to the small English language archives of modern Chinese Buddhism.… The foremost leader of Chinese Buddhism’s intellectual resurgence, the monk Yin-shun is both a scholar and an original thinker of the first order. Drawing upon the whole broad range of Buddhist thought—but especially upon the Madhyamaka tradition of Nagarjuna, Candrakirti, and Tsongkhapa—The Way to Buddhahood presents itself as an introductory overview of the essentials of Buddhism. It is that, of course, but it is also much more. It plots a course for Buddhism’s future development that will allow its robust engagement with the modern world without forcing the severance of its traditional roots.” —Robert M. Gimello, Professor of East Asian Languages and Culture, University of Notre Dame

The Beacon
"This book, which is a reflection of his long life of study, service and meditation, is a living testament to Yin-Shun's spirituality and erudition. His interpretations bring freshness to the examination of Buddhist doctrine in a clear, compelling style."
The Bookwatch
"Students of Buddhism will find this an important guide."
The Journal of Buddhist Ethics
"Readers will enjoy the traits of Yin-shun that set him apart from most traditional monk-scholars: his reliance upon diverse sources and traditions, coupled with a highly precise, scholastic examination. But scholars will also find interest in how his book reveals the etiology of the Chinese Tripitaka, while never cleaving to any particular school, since all point toward the Buddha way. For Yin-shun, it is a matter of skillful means: all the ideas presented are legitimate, from Pure Land to the School of Mere Consciousness, their efficacy simply depending on the user's sophistication. General readers, particularly students, will enjoy how this philosophy creates a survey of Buddhist belief in the Chinese vein, while academics will be interested in how such a survey places his thought within the intellectual tradition of Chinese Buddhism."
Robert M. Gimello
"This fine translation…is a most welcome addition to the small English language archives of modern Chinese Buddhism.… The foremost leader of Chinese Buddhism's intellectual resurgence, the monk Yin-shun is both a scholar and an original thinker of the first order. Drawing upon the whole broad range of Buddhist thought—but especially upon the Madhyamaka tradition of Nagarjuna, Candrakirti, and Tsongkhapa—The Way to Buddhahood presents itself as an introductory overview of the essentials of Buddhism. It is that, of course, but it is also much more. It plots a course for Buddhism's future development that will allow its robust engagement with the modern world without forcing the severance of its traditional roots."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780861711338
  • Publisher: Wisdom Publications MA
  • Publication date: 1/28/1998
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 825,978
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.92 (h) x 1.15 (d)

Meet the Author

Master Yin-shun's life was dedicated to Buddhism. He was born in 1906 and became a Buddhist monk in 1930. During his lifetime, he wrote over seven million words in over forty books. Being a student of Master Taixu (1890-1947), he expanded the teaching of ""Human-oriented Buddhism"" (Renjian Fojiao). In 1973, he received a PhD from Taisho University of Japan based on his work on Zhongguo Chanzong shi (The History of Chinese Chan Buddhism). He became the first Chinese Buddhist monk to receive a PhD. He passed away in 2005.

Dr. Wing H. Yeung is a retired psychiarist based in Hawaii where he continues his dharma translation efforts. He formerly practiced in the San Francisco area, and was a cofounder of the Center for Compassionate Living. He graduated from the University of Hawaii's school of medicine in 1977.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Translators' Acknowledgments
Introduction
Pt. I The Preliminaries 1
1 Taking Refuge in the Three Treasures 3
2 Attending to the Dharma to Enter the Path 29
Pt. II The Divisions of the Teachings 47
3 The Dharma Common to the Five Vehicles 49
4 The Dharma Common to the Three Vehicles 107
5 The Distinctive Dharma of the Great Vehicle 203
Notes 359
Selected Bibliography 367
Index 375
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