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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for practitioners of all Buddhist tradition!, February 11, 1999
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This review is from: Complete Enlightenment (Paperback)
It is rare to find such clarity in Buddhist teachings from a contemporary master. Most books out there on Buddhist practice lack depth. From the advice and viewpoint presented in this book, it really seems like Master Sheng-yen practice what he preaches.
Furthermore, this book is also a translation of a sutra. This is a necessity for the current Western Buddhist movement--we need more translations of Buddhist text with authoritative translations.
The book is a commentary on The Sutra of Complete Enlightenment. The sutra consist of 12 bodhisattvas [enlightened being] questioning the Buddha on some very interesting questions. Each bodhisattva represents a stage on practice and each question the Buddha on a series of questions in accordance to that stage of practice. Some of the interesting questions are, "If we are originally Buddha's, what caused us to become ordinary sentient beings?" or "If we reach Buddhahood, will we return to being ordinary sentient being again?"
The questions posed by these bodhisattvas are also heavily practice oriented, such as "what should a beginner so as to gain an entry into the realm of Complete Enlightenment?"
The commentary by Master Sheng-yen deals with the sutra from the point of view of Chan practice. His examples are down to earth and his advice useful in daily life.
Another interesting thing I find with Master Sheng-yen's teaching is that, through his writing, he seems to be very honest and down to earth, backed-up with real experience. For this reason, Buddhist practitioners, no matter what tradition he or she may be from, can benefit. His words are "alive" rather than just a lot of repeats and fancy spiritual jargon.
If you like this book, you will also like his other books.
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