Hoofprint of the Ox: Principles of the Chan Buddhist Path as Taught by a Modern Chinese Master

Hoofprint of the Ox: Principles of the Chan Buddhist Path as Taught by a Modern Chinese Master


respected by way of Buddhists within the usa and China, grasp Sheng-yen stocks his knowledge and teachings during this first finished English primer of Chan, the chinese language culture of Buddhism that encouraged jap Zen. usually misunderstood as a procedure of brain video games, the Chan course ends up in enlightenment via obvious contradiction. whereas challenging the psychological and actual self-discipline of conventional Buddhist doctrine, it asserts that knowledge (Buddha-nature) is innate and fast in all residing beings, and therefore to not be completed via devotion to the strictures of spiritual perform. You arrive with no departing.
grasp Sheng-yen presents an exceptional figuring out of Chan, its precepts, and its perform. starting with a uncomplicated review of Buddhism and meditation, Hoofprint of the Ox info the revolutionary psychological routines frequently by means of all Buddhists. often called the 3 Disciplines, those approaches enhance ethical purity, meditative focus, and enlightening perception throughout the "stilling" of the brain. grasp Sheng-yen then expounds Chan Buddhism, recounting its centuries-old heritage in China and illuminating its primary tenets. He contemplates the character of Buddhahood, specifies the actual and psychological must haves for starting Chan perform, and humbly considers what it skill to be an enlightened Chan master.
Drawing its identify from a recognized sequence of images that symbolizes the Chan direction because the seek of an ox-herd for his wayward ox, Hoofprint of the Ox is an inspirational consultant to self-discovery via psychological transformation. A profound contribution to Western knowing of Chan and Zen, this e-book is meant for practising Buddhists in addition to a person attracted to studying concerning the Buddhist course.

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