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The author is a master of Chan Buddhism, the Chinese antecedent of Zen Buddhism that is not nearly as well known as Zen and other Buddhist schools that have migrated to the West. The Chan master's story is less Buddhist dharma and more history of his homeland. Born in 1930, he had a ringside seat for China's Communist revolution. In 1949, he left his Buddhist schooling to join Chiang Kai-shek's Nationalist army, spending more than 10 years in military intelligence. That experience was but one of many teachers along his spiritual path, along with a few bizarre Chan masters. Sheng Yen has also traveled, spending some time teaching in America. His efforts, however, have been concentrated in Taiwan, where he has developed the fourth-largest Buddhist organization in that area. This book is timely, given that China is opening to the West this year on account of the Olympics in Beijing. China is also becoming more open to religious practices, especially its own distinctive Buddhism. This son of China is a distinguished teacher with a revealing, simply told story. (Oct. 21)
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This straightforward account of the possibility of a contented mind in a complex world, from the outset, is spoken in such a voice of sweet compassion. Endearing and touching, it is like Zen itself.” —Sylvia Boorstein
“Chan Master Sheng Yen is a great teacher and I have great confidence in his scholarship and wisdom. I feel privileged to be his friend, and admire what he has been doing for the Buddhadharma in the East as well as in the West.” —Thich Nhat Hanh
“When I listen to Master Sheng Yen’s presentation of Chan Buddhist teachings, my immediate and very profound feeling is that I am listening to words of wisdom from someone who is very experienced and a great practitioner.” —His Holiness, the Dalai Lama
The book is not only about the basic pholosophy of Zen (Chan) but is a good historicla reference of the events in China and Taiwan that Master Chan lived through. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Mililani
This is an interesting and edifying autobiography by one of the most respected Buddhist teachers. His life was instructional in both the spiritual aspects and as an historical... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Thomas Tenney
It is a beautiful journey starting from page 1 to the end. Only if you take the same journey you will know what beauty i am talking of.Published 9 months ago by Hajir Naghshi
I studied under Master Sheng Yen in Queens NY when he was visiting. He was wise and funny and much of his undergraduate work was with Chinese poetry so he had a wonderful sense of... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Alan E. Pottinger
Master Chan Sheng Yan has done much for Chan Buddhism, both in the Republic of China on Taiwan (ROC) and in the Western world. Read morePublished on June 11, 2013 by David Gould
Master Sheng Yen's autobiography takes the reader from his very humble beginnings in China through his realization that his path was to become a Buddhist monk. Read morePublished on March 2, 2013 by Dan Charnas
If you want to know something about endurance this is a good book to pick up and read. Sheng Yen has gone the distance in this autobiography. Read morePublished on November 20, 2011 by Tom W. Dodson
Readers interested in this title should also read "When the Saints Go Marching In - Modern Day Zen Hagiography," an article by Sheng Yen's longtime student Stuart Lachs. Read morePublished on March 21, 2011 by A reader
Very honest stories about what goes on in alot of buddhist monasteries. Good autobiography of one of the leading buddhist teachers (well the leader of one of the largest buddhist... Read morePublished on October 19, 2009 by Amazon Customer