Kijk op Boeken Auteur: Master Sheng-yen
MASTER SHENG-YEN became a monk at the age of 13 in a monastery near Shanghai. At the time of the Communist unrest, he fled to southern Taiwan. There he spent six years in solitary retreat. Later, he continued his formal study, earning a doctorate from Rissho University in Tokyo. He has received transmission in the two major branches of Ch'an: the Ts'ao-tung (Soto) and the Lin-chi (Rinzai) in which he is a direct descendent of the lineage of Ch'an Master Xu Yun (Empty Cloud). He now divides his time between New York, where he is the Resident Teacher of the Ch'an Meditation Center he founded in 1978, and Taipei, where he is the abbot of two monasteries.
What is the Buddha Mind? What is Ch'an (Chinese Zen)? What is practice? Many books have been written on Zen, but what does it mean to practice Zen? What really happens on a retreat? What is the role of the Master, the student?
Ch'an is practice, action, existence, and none of these things. It is beyond words and concepts. It cannot be described, yet GETTING THE BUDDHA MIND goes far indeed in expressing the inexpressible. Much of the book consists of the actual retreat lectures that Master Sheng-yen delivered to his students. These lectures are aimed directly at the methods and problems en-countered in practice. They are not prepared lectures, but direct responses to the needs of particular students and the particular situations that the Master encountered on each retreat.
Students are urged to write of their experiences on retreat, and several examples of these writings are included. Throughout the book there are detailed descriptions of the seven-day retreat: the schedule of each day, practice, posture, meals, interviews.
For a beginning practioner or the interested student, GETTING THE BUDDHA MIND is a wonderful introduction to Ch'an Buddhism. But even an advanced practitioner can find deep spiritual guidance in these pages.
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