Attaining the Way
A Guide to the Practice of Chan Buddhism
By Master Sheng Yen
(Shambhala, Paperback, 9781590303726, 272pp.)
Publication Date: October 10, 2006
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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.
Chan Master Sheng Yen (1930–2009) was a widely respected Taiwanese Chan (Chinese Zen) master who taught extensively in the West during the last thirty-one y ears of his life, with twenty-one centers throughout North America, as well as dozens of others throughout the world. He has co-led retreats with the Dalai Lama, and he is the author of numerous books in Chinese and English, including Song of Mind, The Method of No-Method, and his autobiography, Footprints in the Snow.
Praise for Sheng Yen
"Master Sheng Yen is a true spiritual practitioner of deep and broad learning."—H. H. the Dalai Lama
"Chan Master Sheng Yen is a great teacher, and I have great confidence in his scholarship and wisdom."—Thich Nhat Hanh