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In this landmark memoir, a renowned Buddhist master traces his spiritual journey against the panoramic story of China from the pre-Communist era to the present.
Master Sheng Yen has devoted muchof his life to spreading the teachings of Chinese Buddhism-a practice that antedates the more familiar Japanese and Tibetan traditions--throughout the world. He became known in the
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Published October 21st 2008 by Doubleday Religion (first published October 14th 2008)
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Jessica Lu
It is very inspiring to get to know his life story from a poor farming kid to a respected buddhism scholar and zen master. The temples he set up in Taiwan are the models with the "soul cleansing" methodology, as well as environmental friendly concept. He was a very humble man with a noble goal to spread the practical zen lessons to benefit people.

I did not have honor to meet him in person, but I will take the zen meditation lesson at one of his temple.
What a sweet man! Such a life of hardship and determination; very inspiring to get past the material desires and into what really matters. The sparse writing style was at first a bit dry and pedantic to me but as I continued reading I discovered that it fit the story. The simplicity of the chosen lifestyle of this monk reflects well in the rhythm of the writing. Even though he's lived such a long life in looking back on it he seems able to pull out some very particular memories that were markers ...more
A friend of mine at work gave this to me to help explain Buddhism, but it was just a biography and has no real explanation of the religion. The book helped make me assume that he was writing it, but other people wrote it on his behalf and wrote it from the 1st person perspective.

The historical information and perspective was very interesting. That seems to be the most significant reason to read the book. As a result of the book, I have an overall negative impression of the religion and the man.
Buddhist Master Sheng-Yen is one of the foremost teachers of Chan (Chinese predeccessor of Zen) Buddhism in the world. Now in his late seventies, the author of over 100 books and founder of Buddhist meditation centers in the United States and Taiwan tells his own story, recounting his travels and travails in a life singularly focused on spiritual devotion.

"Footprints in the Snow" is a simply told inspirational account of a man who has found in hardship the opportunities to strengthen and share
The best part of the book is the first half as he describes his journey from rural China in a poor family to his growing commitment to the life of a monk. A few nuggets of wisdom about the importance of 'equanimity of mind.' Not exactly compelling.
Journey of shengyan fa shi and the founder of drum dharma, he takes in the flow of flow capitalizing on every opportunity to learn and be a better master....
I have plan to visit drum dharma in taipei twd end of year
I feel like this was the right book for the right moment. I'll be interested to read it in a year and the year after that to see how it affects me then.

Marsha Altman
Eh. Interesting view of Taiwanese Buddhism and Chan philosophy, but he's not a great storyteller, which is essential to a good biography.
Great overview of Chan. The book lacks a certain amount of intensity, but it's very interesting.
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