By Sheng-yen

ISBN-10: 0195152484

ISBN-13: 9780195152487

Respected by way of Buddhists within the usa and China, modern grasp Sheng-yen stocks his knowledge and teachings during this first entire English primer of Chan, the chinese language culture of Buddhism that encouraged jap Zen. frequently misunderstood as a method of brain video games, the Chan course contains a means of self-transformation grounded in rigorously hewn religious disciplines and premises.

Master Sheng-yen offers an exceptional figuring out of Chan, its precepts, and its perform. starting with a uncomplicated evaluate of Buddhism and meditation, the ebook then info the revolutionary psychological routines normally by way of all Buddhists. often called the 3 Disciplines, those techniques strengthen ethical purity, meditative focus, and enlightening perception throughout the "stilling" of the brain. grasp Sheng-yen then expounds Chan Buddhism, recounting its centuries-old historical past in China and illuminating its basic tenets. He contemplates the character of Buddhahood, specifies the actual and psychological must haves for starting Chan perform, and humbly considers what it capacity to be an enlightened Chan grasp.

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I am in a state of the most absolute mad intoxication. The only thing that really amazes me is that the sky is not blue but pale gray, and that it is not particularly hot. I have just returned from Memphis and am sitting in Alexandria at night, and from the street, through the jalousie, one can hear someone improvising infinitely doleful and languid music on a mandolin. I cannot write, there are too many impressions. [I was] in the pyramid of Menkaure, climbed up Cheops, sailed on the Nile at night: Lord, what ecstasy.

Kuzmin, though at times sorely tried, would remain true to these ideas. Kuzmin read Plotinus selectively; like most writers, he took from him (and others) only what coincided with and bolstered conclusions he had reached already. There are explicit references to Plotinus after 1895, and his name need not appear for the reader to recognize his imprint, as in this letter of]une 8, 1896: "Despite all the variety, I sense beauty everywhere, the same kind that is also incarnated in perfect love ....

It manifests itself most often as an awareness of isolation and a fear of being totally absorbed in art itself: "How strange. More and more I am losing touch with life (in the narrow and literal sense) and everything for me is concentrated in but a few people, books, and all-important concepts. And this does not oppress but somehow cleanses me, and when I see people from the 'world' it seems we're speaking different languages" (September 6, 1895). The lack of many close friends or even acquaintances and the recent death of a lover only enhanced his perception of the artist's essential loneliness.

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