Hoofprint of the Ox

Hoofprint of the Ox : Principles of the Chan Buddhist Path as Taught by a Modern Chinese Master

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This text offers a comprehensive introduction to the Chan Buddhist Path. The author, Chan Master Sheng-yen, is a revered figure in the Chinese Buddhist diaspora who divides his time between institutions in Taipei and New York. Although Zen Buddhism originated and evolved in China and is experiencing a revival there today, most Westerners are far more familiar with its Japenese manifestation as popularized by D.T. Suzuki. Master Sheng-yen hopes this book will rectify this situation. Most of the book is given over to normative instructions on the Buddhist path, intended for readers with a personal interest in Buddhist thought and practice. Sheng-yen offers readers a course that blends academic learning, study of Buddhist doctrine, and rigorous meditation practice. The title of the book refers to the "Ten Ox-Herding Pictures" - a set of diagrams used by Buddhists in East Asia since at least the 12th century to chart the stages of spiritual progress on the Chan Path. In the early stages of practice, the learner has to follow the "hoofprints of the ox", which represents the teachings offered by scripture and oral tradition.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 256 pages
  • 162.1 x 243.1 x 22.1mm | 587.22g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195136934
  • 9780195136937

About Sheng-Yen

Master Sheng-yen is an expatriate monk from mainland China who has been teaching in Taiwan and the United States for over two decades. He is the author of numerous popular and academic works, including Subtle Wisdom: Understanding Suffering, Cultivating Compassion through Ch'an Buddhism (1999) and Complete Enlightenment: Translation and Commentary on the Sutra of Complete Enlightenment (1997). He leads Dharma Drum Mountain, one of the three largest Buddhist organizations in Taiwan.
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Table of contents

Part I : Introduction - Chan Buddhist Meditation. Introduction to Master Sheng-yen. 1: Chan and "Emptiness": Chan and the Classical Buddhist Path. 2: Meditation and the Principles for Training Body and Mind. Part II : The Three Disciplines in the Graduated Path of Practice. 3: The Buddhist Precepts and Meditative Development. 4: The Five Methods for Stilling the Mind. 5: Developing Insight or Wisdom: The Four Stations of Mindfulness. Part III : The "Direct and Sudden" Approach of Chan. 6: Chan and the Sudden Path to Enlightenment. 7: The Use of "Gong'an" and "Huatou". 8: The Practice of "Silent Illumination". 9: Prerequisites for Chan Practice. 10: What it Means to be a Chan Master. 11: The Ten Ox-herding Pictures
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