The Chan Handbook: Talks About Meditation

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Not everyone is fortunate enough to attend a meditation retreat with a Chan master, yet everyone can benefit from this handbook that explains the essential principals of chan meditation as taught by the late Tripitika Master Hsuan Hua, former instructor at Nan Hua Monastery in Canton, China, the bodhimanda of the Sixth Patriarch Hui Neng. Compiled from Chinese and translated into English, these talks span a 40 year period during retreats in China and America.

Topics covered include
- What are the benefits of meditation?
- How do we sit in meditation?
- What are the states of meditation?
- How do we reach nirvana?
- What is absolute enlightenment?

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About the Author:

The late Master Hua was born near Manchuria, China in 1918. He taught at Nan Hua Temple near Canton, China, the same monastery where the Sixth Patriarch Hui Neng taught in the 7th century. Fulfilling his goal of spreading the orthodox Dharma to the west, he has established 28 monasteries in Asia and north America, and had lectured orthodox sutras for 50 years before his passing.

Review:

The Chan Handbook is a translation of the Venerable Master Hua s teachings. These works challenge the reader to investigate Chan and lays out the proper steps of meditation for stilling the mind. The Master also discusses common misconceptions and missteps of the beginner in their attempts to quicken the enlightenment process. Near the end of the book is a series of questions and answers. Here the Master has included common questions and problems. He is both frank and resolute in his answers often reminding readers that hard work, focus, and endurance is required in Chan. --Tami Brady, TMC Reviews 2009

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