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By Sheng Yen

This is often an inspiring advisor to the perform of Chan (Chinese Zen) within the phrases of 4 nice masters of that culture. It contains teachings from modern masters Xuyun and Sheng Yen, and from Jiexian and Boshan of the Ming Dynasty (1368–1644). although the texts have been written over a interval of 1000's of years, they're all remarkably lucid and are ideal for newbies in addition to extra complex practitioners this present day. the entire details of religious perform are lined: philosophical foundations, tools, methods to difficulties and obstacles—all aimed toward aiding the coed reach how one can enlightenment.

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136 Jaschke 1977:314. 137 Gyatso 1998: 103. 140 Besides showing how amazing and fantastic the Buddha was, the life stories also serve as pedagogical devices. A Buddhist practitioner has much to learn from the life of the Buddha, and it is important to keep in mind that for a Buddhist the Buddha was not only an exceptional individual worthy of praise-but also someone that an aspirant to enlightenment should follow and emulate. His life story presents the Buddhist teachings in the form o f a personal example, and this way o f teaching is sometimes easier to understand than theoretical expositions o f the Dhanna.

The book later appeared in English translation, Stein 1988 [1972]: 276. ) 1989 [1962]: 688. 22 as did Herbert V. ”81 Both Guenther and Chang thus believed that gTsang smyon lived during the 12th century. about gTsang smyon, and many uncertainties and much misinformation were in circulation. With Sm ith’s essay the situation changed and a more accurate and less mysterious picture o f the mad yogin started to emerge. As mentioned, the doors also opened for further studies. But it took more than fifteen years until the time was ripe for Ilze Maruta Steams [Kalnins] to take another step towards fuller knowledge of gTsang smyon.

142 Gyatso 1998: 103. 143 Strong 2001: 12. 33 buddha,144 and since these acts had direct influence on the way in which the life stories o f Tibetan masters were written I will enumerate them: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. Descent from Tusita Entry into the womb Birth Exhibition o f skill as a youth Delights i n his harem Departure Practice of asceticism Going to the heart o f enlightenment Defeating mara Becoming a perfect buddha Turning the Wheel o f Dharma Final nirvana That gTsang smyon and his disciples were influenced by the life o f the Bud­ dha and used it as a model is apparent in both the form and contents o f the texts that they wrote.

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