Publisher: Watkins Publishing Ltd; (May 2002)
A thought provoking
introduction to Chan (Chinese Zen) through the teachings of the influential
Master Sheng Yen. This is a rare opportunity to gain an insight into the
practice of a Chinese Zen retreat and the ideas behind it.
One provides a full introductory account with extensive teachings, based on
the words of the ancients.
Part Two delves deeply into the little known practice of 'Silent
Illumination' which lies at the heart Chinese Buddhism.
author explains the poetry and teachings of the great Master Hongzhi which was
transmitted to Japan to form the root practice of Soto Zen by the famous monk
Dogen. The evocation of the retreat atmosphere and practice is powerfully
conveyed as the Editor gives an account of his own experience through several
years of training.
"The discourses are lucid and direct, drawn widely on the sources of Chinese Buddhism, and speak in a refreshingly modern idiom. . . The gentleness, warmth and humor of Master Sheng-yen radiate through the text. This book thus provides a rare opportunity to listen in to the unfolding of a Chan retreat attended entirely by Westerners under the guidance of a contemporary Chan master."