The Poetry of Enlightenment: Poems by Ancient Chan Masters

The Poetry of Enlightenment: Poems by Ancient Chan Masters


By (author) Chan Master Sheng Yen

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  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications Inc
  • Format: Paperback | 112 pages
  • Dimensions: 132mm x 211mm x 13mm | 113g
  • Publication date: 3 November 2006
  • Publication City/Country: Boston
  • ISBN 10: 1590303997
  • ISBN 13: 9781590303993
  • Edition: New edition
  • Edition statement: New edition
  • Sales rank: 682,145

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For the masters of the Chan tradition, poetry was a form of creative expression, but even more than that, it was a primary vehicle for teaching. Here a modern master presents ten teaching poems from the ancient masters, with illuminating commentary. "These poems flow directly from the minds of the enlightened Chan masters," Master Sheng Yen says. "We get a glimpse into their experience at the time of, and after, their enlightenment. It is my hope that this collection of poems will give those who are interested in the practice a new way of looking at Chan."

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Author information

Chan Master Sheng Yen (1930-2009) was a widely respected Taiwanese Chan (Chinese Zen) master who taught extensively in the West during the last thirty-one y ears of his life, with twenty-one centers throughout North America, as well as dozens of others throughout the world. He has co-led retreats with the Dalai Lama, and he is the author of numerous books in Chinese and English, including "Song of Mind," "The Method of No-Method," and his autobiography, " Footprints in the Snow."

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Praise for Sheng Yen: "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