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Method of No-Method

The Chan Practice of Silent Illumination
Method of No-Method

Author(s) : Sheng-Yen, Master
Publishers Price : 17.99
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Availability : Currently in stock
ISBN : 1590305752
EAN : 9781590305751
Cover : Paperback
Pages : 152
Size : 212 x 138mm
Publisher : Shambhala Publications
Published : 2008
Category : Chinese Buddhism
From today's most prominent and beloved teacher of Chinese Zen: a meditation method of extreme simplicity that anyone can do.

Here is a spiritual practice that is simple enough for anyone to learn, yet rich enough to be worked with for a lifetime. The traditional Chan (the original Chinese Zen) practice called Silent Illumination begins with simply putting aside all thoughts except the awareness of oneself "just sitting." The practice is so simple in execution that it has sometimes been called the "method of no method", yet to master it, the practitioner must first grasp the method in order to learn how to let go of it. When fully penetrated , this radical form of emptying one's busy mind-stream leads to perception of the vast ocean of pure awareness. Silent Illumination is closely related to the Japanese Zen practice called shikantaza, and Master Sheng Yen's teachings on it will be of great value to Zen students as well as to general Buddhist practitioners.

This book, based on talks Master Sheng Yen gave during retreats, begins with instruction in Silent Illumination practice with detailed discussion of method, approach, and how to deal with difficulties that arise. Sheng Yen then proceeds to provide commentary on a well known Chan text that reveals the practice and the philosophy behind it.

"Chan master Shen Yen has the truly rare ability to harmonize classical teaching with actual meditation practice. In the Method of No Method he does this for the beautiful and profound Chinese Silent Illumination approach to meditation. It feels as if he is taking us, step by step and with great clarity, on our own personal retreat. Here is invaluable guidance for all students of meditative living." Larry Rosenberg.
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