The Complete Book of Zen

The Complete Book of Zen

by Wong Kiew Kit

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Overview

Shaolin grandmaster Wong Kiew Kit explains the principles and practice of Zen with a clarity that can only come from true understanding.

In The Complete Book of Zen, Wong Kiew Kit traces the history and meaning of Zen, following its geographical path from early beginnings in India to China, and then to Japan and Vietnam. He shows how Zen lies at the heart of all great works of art and culture, and then relates its practice to daily life, setting out how Zen training and meditation may:

- Enhance internal strength, concentration, intuitive abilities and emotional balance.

- Allow inspiring glimpses of cosmic reality.

- Help reduce states of chronic and degenerative diseases.

The exercises offer not only a spiritual appreciation of the practice, but also an actual physical experience of Zen. Irrespective of your religious or personal beliefs, The Complete Book of Zen will encourage you to explore your spiritual potential, and bring simplicity, focus and vitality into your life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780974995830
Publisher: Cosmos Internet Sdn Bhd
Publication date: 06/01/2010
Edition description: First Edition,REV
Pages: 360
Sales rank: 655,798
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Wong Kiew Kit, popularly known as Sifu Wong, is the fourth generation successor of Venerable Jiang Nan from the famous Shaolin Monastery in China and Grandmaster of Shaolin Wahnam Institute of Kungfu and Chi Kung. He received the “Chi Kung Master of the Year” Award during the Second World Congress on Chi Kung held in San Francisco in 1997. He has practiced and taught the Shaolin arts for more than 3 decades and has more than 60,000 students all over the world.

Table of Contents

Illustrationsx
1What is Zen? (Meditation, a Cosmic Glimpse, Cosmic Reality)1
Puzzling Stories1
Three Meanings of Zen2
The Three Categories of Buddhist Zen4
2Non-Buddhist and Debased Forms of Zen (Zen in Religion, Poetry and Deviated Practice)11
Christian and Muslim Meditation11
Yoga, the Union with Brahman12
The Taoist Quest for Immortality13
Debased Forms of Zen15
3The Benefits of Zen (A Refreshed Mind, Humour, Healing and Longevity)21
Relaxation and Mind Control21
Humour and Meaning in Daily Life23
Health and Healing25
4The Characteristics of Zen (From Awakening to Enlightenment)30
Three Important Questions30
Signs of Wrong Practice31
The Spiritual Awakening32
Four Levels of Enlightenment35
Some Examples of Enlightenment37
5The Background to Zen (The Fundamental Doctrines of Buddhism)40
The Three Main Traditions40
The Four Noble Truths43
The Eightfold Path44
The Doctrine of Dependent Origination45
Does the Soul Exist?48
6Zen as Cosmic Reality (The Higher Wisdom of Buddhism)51
The Moral, the Cosmological and the Metaphysical51
The Higher Wisdom of Cosmic Reality52
Misinterpreted Mahayanist Expressions55
Differences between Mahayana and Theravada57
7The Spread of Zen from India (The Coming of Bodhidharma from the West)63
The Controversy over Bodhidharma63
Zen and Taoism66
From India to China69
The Teaching of Bodhidharma71
8Early History of Zen in China (From Hui Ke's No-Mind to Hui Neng's Buddha-Nature)75
Hui Ke Seeking the Dharma75
The Mind is the Buddha77
The Ultimate Truth is Within Us78
Reincarnated to be Awakened79
Ultimate Reality is Undifferentiated80
It is Your Mind That Moves82
Northern and Southern Schools83
9Zen of the Sixth Patriarch (The Teaching of Hui Neng on Meditation and Wisdom)87
The Importance of the Platform Sutra87
The Wisdom of Enlightenment89
Hui Neng's Basic Doctrine91
Sitting Meditation93
10Fundamental Concepts in Zen Buddhism (The Transformation of Indian Buddhism to Chinese Buddhism)96
Understanding and Experience96
The Three Bodies of the Buddha97
The Four Great Vows100
The Triple Gem101
Great Wisdom103
11The Zen of Sudden Enlightenment (Seeing Your Original Face in an Instant)107
The Philosophy of Sudden Enlightenment107
The Way to Sudden Enlightenment109
Bodhidharma and Amitabha112
Sudden and Gradual Enlightenment114
The Difference between Hui Neng's and Shen Xiu's Teaching115
The Lotus Sutra Teaching116
Realizing the Buddha of Self-Nature117
12The Flowering of Zen in China (Ingenious Ways to Help Disciples Attain Awakening)120
Zen Flower of Five Petals120
Verbal and Non-Verbal Methods of Awakening123
Pointing Directly at the Mind125
Shouting to Awaken Enlightenment128
Striking to Awaken Enlightenment131
13Zen Goes East to Japan (Spiritual Cultivation Through Koan and Zazen)134
Early Influence from China134
Rinzai Zen135
Soto Zen137
Intellect and Experience139
Koans--Illogical or Illuminating?140
Attaining Satori through the Koan142
Achieving Kensho through Zazen144
14The Quiet Grandeur of Vietnamese Zen (Where Kings Abdicated to Practise Buddhism)147
A Gentle and Peace-Loving People147
Zen of Early Patriarchal Tradition148
Zen Beyond Language149
Zen Monarchs who Cared for the People151
Zen and Vietnamese Nationalism154
Where Does One Return To?157
15Understanding Zen in the Arts and Culture (The Cosmic Dimension in Martial Arts and Poetry)160
Zen in Daily Living and Culture160
Shaolin Kungfu and Tai Chi Chuan162
Zen and the Arts of Bushido165
Zen in Neo-Confucianism167
Haiku and English Poetry169
Understanding and Experience172
16Prerequisities for Zen Training (Preparing for a Long but Rewarding Journey)175
Review of Essential Information175
Zen and its Cultivation176
Other Benefits of Zen Training177
Cultivation Methods and Principles178
How Much Time is Needed?181
Pitfalls and Encouraging Signs183
Characteristic Features of Zen Buddhism184
17Zen of Strength and Movement (Shaolin Kungfu for Zen Cultivation)187
The Greatest Martial Art in the World187
A Shaolin Kungfu Programme189
18Zen for Health, Internal Strength and Vitality (Zen Training Through Shaolin Chi Kung)213
The Zen Tradition of Bodhidharma213
The Art of Flowing Zen218
Abdominal Breathing223
Chi Kung and Zen225
19The Zen of Highest Attainment (Meditation of One-Pointedness and of No-Mind)227
Mundane and Supramundane Functions of Meditation227
Failure to Understand the Supramundane229
Various Types of Buddhist Meditation232
Attaining a One-Pointed Mind in Tathagata Zen234
Seeing the Original Face in Patriarch Zen236
20Illogical Zen--Or So It Seems (Zen Cultivation Through the Gong-Ans)240
Records of Illogical Zen Encounters240
Zen Encounters that are Not Gong-Ans242
Gong-Ans and Paradoxes244
Gong-Ans as a Training Tool246
Cultivating with Gong-Ans248
21The Zen of Compassion (Chanting Sutras and Mantras in Zen Cultivation)251
Cultivating Compassion in Sutra Chanting251
Cultivating Wisdom Through Meditation253
Mantra and Dharani256
The Heart Sutra259
Transfer of Blessings and Mantra Chanting260
22Developmental Stages and Crucial Questions in Zen Cultivation (Ten Ox Pictures, Enlightenment and Soul)263
The Ten Ox Pictures263
Shallow Understanding and Personal Experience278
Is the Soul Extinguished in Nirvana?280
23Zen in Daily Life (How to be Effective and More Joyful and Alive)284
Simple, Direct and Effective284
Profundity in Simplicity286
Do, Don't Just Talk289
Be Mindful of Whatever You Do293
Notes297
AppendixDragon in Zen307
Further Reading312
Index315

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