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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
I immediately read this book when I first received it, and it made a good impression.
Chan master Sheng Yen gives a very open and honest account of his journey and that is what I liked most about this book.
My favorite parts of the book, however, are his interactions with the monks and abbots of the various monasteries.
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 29 days 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 14 months ago 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 18 months ago by Daniel 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