Zen Wisdom: Conversations on Buddhism

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Master Sheng-yen combines wisdom gained from years of study and practice with knowledge of the contemporary world to show how Chan and Buddha’s teachings are still relevant today. Beginners, as well as those already on the path, will find clear and useful guidance as the revered teacher answers questions from his students on the simple yet elusive principles of Chan (Zen) practice.
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Overview

Master Sheng-yen combines wisdom gained from years of study and practice with knowledge of the contemporary world to show how Chan and Buddha’s teachings are still relevant today. Beginners, as well as those already on the path, will find clear and useful guidance as the revered teacher answers questions from his students on the simple yet elusive principles of Chan (Zen) practice.
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"Chan Master Sheng-yen is a great teacher and I have great confidence in his scholarship and wisdom. I feel privileged to be his friend, and admire what he has been doing for the Buddhadharma in the East as well as in the West."
—Thich Nhat Hanh

"When I listen to Master Sheng-yen’s presentation of Chan Buddhism 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: 9781556433863
  • Publisher: North Atlantic Books
  • Publication date: 1/28/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 344
  • Sales rank: 1,380,020
  • Product dimensions: 5.75 (w) x 8.45 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Chan Master Sheng-yen is a Buddhist monk who received transmission in two major Chan lineages. He holds a doctorate in Buddhist literature from Rissho University in Japan. He is the author of over one hundred texts on Buddhism, and his books have been translated into eight languages. He has been lecturing and directing retreats for more than twenty-five years in Asia, North America, and Europe.
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Table of Contents

Introduction
Pt. I Buddhadharma
What Does it Mean to be a Buddhist? 3
Sentient Beings 11
The Self 25
Causes and Conditions 31
The Five Skandhas and Consciousness 43
Karma 55
The Five Precepts 63
Precepts and Karma 71
Is Chan a Religion? 79
Practicing Buddhism and Other Religions 85
Buddha Images 93
Merit and Virtue in Buddhism 101
Bodhisattvas and Arhats 111
Buddhism and Death 117
The Dharma Ending Age 129
Pt. II Practice and Daily Life
The Importance of Having a Teacher 137
Practicing Alone, with a Group, and with a Master 155
Approaches to Daily Meditation 163
Practice in Daily Life 175
Is the View of Practice More Important than Practice? 187
Can Intelligence be a Hindrance to Practice? 197
Chinese Chan and Japanese Zen 205
Chan and the Absurd 217
Chan Sickness 225
Chan and Psychotherapy 233
Why Read Sutras? 243
Chan and the National Culture 251
Living with Entertainment 257
Poetry and Wangwei 267
Balancing Responsibilities and Practice 275
Raising Buddhist Children in a non-Buddhist Society 283
Chan Practice and the Elderly 291
Buddhism and Material Success 297
Is Enlightenment Lasting? 301
Glossary 311
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