A thought provoking introduction to Chan (Chinese Zen) through the teachings of the influential Master Shen Yen. This is a rare opportunity to gain an insight into the practice of a Chinese Zen retreat and the ideas behind it.
Part One of the book provides a full introductory account with extensive teachings, based on the worlds of the ancients.
Part Two delves deeply into the little known practice of 'Silent Illumination' which lies at the heart of Chinese Buddhism.
The author explains the poetry and teachings of the great Master Hongzhi.