Attaining the Way: A Guide to the Practice of Chan Buddhism
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...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published October 10th 2006 by Shambhala
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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. Sh...more
Nov 24, 2013 Alonzo rated it 3 of 5 stars
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.