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This is an inspiring guide to the practice of Chan (Chinese Zen) in the words of four great masters of that tradition. It includes teachings from contemporary masters Xuyun and Sheng Yen, and from Jiexian and Boshan of the Ming Dynasty (1368–1644). Though the texts were written over a period of hundreds of years, they are all remarkably lucid and are perfect for beginnersThis is an inspiring guide to the practice of Chan (Chinese Zen) in the words of four great masters of that tradition. It includes teachings from contemporary masters Xuyun and Sheng Yen, and from Jiexian and Boshan of the Ming Dynasty (1368–1644). Though the texts were written over a period of hundreds of years, they are all remarkably lucid and are perfect for beginners as well as more advanced practitioners today. All the main points of spiritual practice are covered: philosophical foundations, methods, approaches to problems and obstacles—all aimed at helping the student attain the way to enlightenment....

Title : Attaining the Way: A Guide to the Practice of Chan Buddhism
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ISBN : 9781590303726
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 272 Pages
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Attaining the Way: A Guide to the Practice of Chan Buddhism Reviews

  • Jonn
    2018-10-25 09:18

    Great intermediate Zen/Chan book that suffers from some unfortunate organization issues. It has 4 sections: two by ancient Chan masters (Boshan and Jiexian) and two by contemporary teachers (Xuyun and Sheng Yen). It makes sense that they wanted to put the ancient teachers first, but this results in the section by Jiexian, which is basically a guide to being a Chan teacher and running your own temple, coming before the section on beginner's Chan practice. The Xuyun section is excellent though. Sheng Yen's section is his recorded sayings from a retreat, which causes it to be repetitive occasionally though this can also be a good thing as it continually reinforces some of the important points. This is a good primer on Chan, if you're interested in seeing some of the differences between Zen and Chan (which isn't talked about nearly as much in North America), and you can tell that Sheng Yen was a great teacher who really knew what he was talking about.

  • Alonzo
    2018-10-23 10:04

    This book has a lot of useful information. It, like so many other books on Buddhism, pushes the idea of not being able to reach enlightenment without a teacher. That aside, much of the information can be practiced by the lone practitioner.

  • John
    2018-10-18 14:23

    "Give your body to the cushion and your mind to the method."