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As a well-known scholar and meditation master—His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama called him “extremely modest, a true spiritual practitioner of deep and broad learning”—Sheng Yen is uniquely qualified to guide Western seekers into the world of contemporary Chinese Buddhism. Written while the author was secluded in solitary retreat in southern Taiwan, Orthodox Chinese BuddhisAs a well-known scholar and meditation master—His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama called him “extremely modest, a true spiritual practitioner of deep and broad learning”—Sheng Yen is uniquely qualified to guide Western seekers into the world of contemporary Chinese Buddhism. Written while the author was secluded in solitary retreat in southern Taiwan, Orthodox Chinese Buddhism provides a wealth of theory and simple, clear guidelines for practicing this increasingly popular form of spirituality. One of the most influential Buddhist books in the Chinese language, the book explores a wide range of subjects, from distinguishing core teachings from outdated cultural norms to bridging the gap between Western and Chinese traditions. In the process, it addresses such questions as “To what extent should Buddhism be Westernized to fit new cultural conditions?” and “Does Westernization necessarily lead to ‘a dumbing down’ of Buddhism?” In addition to the translation of the complete original text, this edition includes new annotations, appendixes, and a glossary designed for the Western reader....

Title : Orthodox Chinese Buddhism: A Contemporary Chan Master's Answers to Common Questions
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ISBN : 9781556436574
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Number of Pages : 280 Pages
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  • Owlseyes
    2019-05-05 09:21

    (Tang Dynasty statues of a bodhisattva, an arhat, and Vairocana Buddha. Longmen Grottoes, Henan province, China)Born in Shanghai (22nd of January 1931) Sheng Yan was ordained a monk at the young age of 12. He enlisted, later on, the Nationalist Army, but found himself being transferred to Taiwan. He spent most of his time in the Chao Yuan monastery, under Ven Dongshu. He quit the Army in 1960. From 1969 till 1975 he studied in Japan and got a doctoral degree; by 1976 he was in New York. This book was first published in 1965, but it was written in the retreat of Meinong, south Taiwan, in 1960.This is a fine way to present Buddhism: in the format of question-answer. It will answer many of your questions; maybe will add some more because, paraphrasing Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, wisdom is to be found in questions, not in answers. The “skeleton” of the book would be summed up in a few words: concepts, beliefs,practices, philosophy and terminology of Buddhism, and finally, Buddhism and the modern world.I’ve made a sort of sampling of some of the questions approached. -Is the Buddha the creator?-no. Buddha is only an instructor.“If you plant squash you will harvest squash, if you plant beans, you will harvest beans”. [Conduct has consequences]. This is a good phrase to express the concept of Karma.-Where the world came from? The world is the result of karma (intentional actions) of sentient beings. -How to explain certain incarnations? Rebirth depends on 3 factors: (1) strong good or evil (performed); (2) habitual tendencies and (3) state of mind at the moment of death. Therefore there are 6 possible “destinies”: (1) deity (2) human (3) asura; these are the 3 higher ones; then there are the low destinies: (4) animal (5) ghost (6) hell-dweller. You can only get to the higher ones if the good karma outweighs the bad karma. It all depends on what’s your performance/observance on the “5 precepts and the 10 good deeds”. -Does the eternal soul exist? no. [Of course, other religions may contradict this answer; my comment]. -How about worshiping Gods? Buddhists only worship the 3 jewels: (1) the Buddha, (2) Dharma and (3) the Sangha; not spiritual beings. -What about original sin? Buddhists don’t accept the Christian notion of original sin; infants are not sinful.-Sakyamuni is the only Buddha? No, there’s an infinite number, in the past, present and the future. …you may keep on asking.

  • Vinnie
    2019-04-30 05:03

    difficult terms of buddhism make it a very dense read...

  • Chet
    2019-04-21 08:13

    A simple beginner's explanation of traditional Buddhism answering a series of questions, like, "Can a Buddhist divorce?"