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Attaining the Way A Guide to the Practice of Chan Buddhism

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ISBN-10: 1590303725

ISBN-13: 9781590303726

Edition: 2007

Authors: Sheng Yen

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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 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.
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Book details

List price: $22.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/10/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 5.55" wide x 8.54" long x 0.63" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

Introduction : resolving the great matter of birth and death
Exhortations on investigating Chan by Master Boshan
What beginning Chan practitioners should know
The doubt sensation and the arising and perishing mind
Discourse on Chan training from the records of Master Yuanyun Jiexian
Jiexian's preface
Making firm vows and enduring suffering
Distinguishing practitioners' capacity and giving huatous accordingly
Testing practitioners and cutting away illusions in the master's chamber
Coming down to the hall and giving guidance
Giving practitioners training and tempering
Using use strategy to spur development
Skillfully turning practitioners around
Cutting through the barrier and opening the eye of enlightenment
Studying the guiding principles of Chan
Strict and exacting control of conduct
Refining the work of study
Selectively refining talent
Being scrupulous and strict with passing on the succession
The essentials of Chan practice by Master Xuyun (Empty Cloud)
Prerequisites for beginning Chan practice
Lectures on the methods of practice in the Chan Hall
There is not a thing that cannot be accomplished, recorded by Master Lingyuan
Attaining the way from retreat talks by Master Sheng Yen
Preparing to practice
Principles of Chan
Aspects of Chan meditation
Attaining the way
Remarks at the end of retreat