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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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Craig Bergland
Nov 06, 2013 Craig Bergland rated it it was ok
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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.
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Pretty good book, really. My review is on Elephant Journal: http://www.elephantjournal.com/2009/0...
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A book for anyone interested in the practice of silent illumination or shikantaza.
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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.
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聖嚴法師於1930年出生於江蘇南通,1943年在狼山廣教禪寺出家,1949年從軍跟隨國民政府到了台灣,服役十年後,於東初老人座下再度披剃出家。
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小沙彌時期的聖嚴法師,已深深體會到:「佛法是這麼好,可是誤解它的人是那麼多,而真正了解和接受的人是那麼少。」其中的根本原因,在於弘揚佛法的人才太少,因此前往高雄美濃山區閉關六年,之後更遠赴日本東京立正大學深造,於1975年獲得了文學博士學位。

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隨後,聖嚴法師應邀赴美弘化,先後擔任美國佛教會董事、副會長,紐約大覺寺住持及駐台譯經院院長。東初老人於1978年圓寂後,聖嚴法師自美返台承繼法務,隔年並應聘為中國文化學院佛學研究所所長及哲學研究所教授,此外也在東吳大學及輔仁大學任教,至此展開了推動佛教高等教育的理想。

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