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The Method of No-Method: The Chan Practice of Silent Illumination

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Here is a spiritual practice uncomplicated enough for anyone to learn, yet rich enough to be worked with for a lifetime. The traditional Chan (Chinese Zen) practice called Silent Illumination begins with nothing more than putting aside all thoughts except the awareness of oneself “just sitting.” It’s so simple in execution that it has sometimes been called the “method of n ...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published November 11th 2008 by Shambhala
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Bishop Bergland
Zen dharma talks, even those given on retreat, just don't transcribe well into book form. The only thing drier than transcriptions of Zen dharma talks is Zen commentary. If you are a Zen practitioner you may love this book. As a Therevada Buddhist trying to understand Zen a bit better, this book was like a mouthful of sand to a dehydrated man.
May 03, 2010 Ryan added it
The best, clearest handbook on Zen practice that I've found. Watts and Suzuki may make for better introductions, but this collection of short lectures is refreshingly clear & precise.
Todd Mayville
Pretty good book, really. My review is on Elephant Journal:
Pake Hall
A book for anyone interested in the practice of silent illumination or shikantaza.
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