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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Weiser Books; Reprint edition (1 May 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0877280665
  • ISBN-13: 978-0877280668
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 1.5 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 343,957 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Secrets of Chinese Meditation The Secrets of Chinese Meditation is a classic text that presents a rare opportunity: a chance to study the ancient and original sources which are the basis for most contemporary texts on consciousness development. Lu K'uaan Yu is one of the foremost interpreters of Chinese meditation practices. This concise volume is a presentation of different methods of meditation as practiced in China, includi... Full description

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ACCORDING to the Buddha, we all have inherent in ourselves the Tathagata's wisdom which is unknown to us and which we cannot use because of our ignorance. Read the first page
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 Nov 1997
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An excellent introduction to the various meditation techniques used by Buddhists and Taoist. A very important message regarding meditation is that the quality of one's meditation is directly proportional to one's virtue. Cultivate virtue and your meditation will be successful.
The chapters on Zen and Pure Land meditation techniques are highly recommended. Patriarch Hsu Yun's discourse on using the "hua tou", or koan, is extremely valuable.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 21 Nov 1997
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An excellent book on meditation. Very well written and comprehensive. This book should not only be read, it should be studied. I learn something new from it every time. This is a scholarly work, but it is not difficult to understand. The book is scientific in its study of the mind and how to bring about its control. It has none of the fluff that is associated with some new age books. This book has all substance. It has been in print for dozens of years, and little wonder. It is excellent.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By ShiDaDao Ph.D on 10 Nov 2010
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This is a remarkable book. It is a depository of of exact and reliable knowledge regarding various meditative techniques that existed in China prior to the Communist Revolution of 1949. This book carries the following dedication penned by Charles Luk:

'To the memory of Carl Gustav Jung and Lobzang Jivaka whose encouragement has sustained my humble efforts to present to Western Buddhists the Dharma as taught in my country.'

There are seven chapters:

1. Self-cultivation as taught in the Surangama Sutra.
2. Self-cultivation according to the Ch'an (Zen) school.
3. Self-cultivation according to the Pure Land school.
4. Self-cultivation according to the T'ien T'ai (Tendai) school.
5. Self-cultivation according to the Taoist school.
6. Authentic experiments with Buddhist and Taoist methods of self-cultivation.
7. Physical and spiritual culture according to Chinese yoga.

The Surangama Sutra, as covered in chapter 1 conveys the story of how Buddha ordered Manjusri to examine 25 methods of meditation, and choose which one would best suit Ananda and those in the Dharma ending age - Charles Luk points out that this applies to ourselves. Manjusri chose the method favoured by Avalokitesvara, which he deemed the most effective for human beings. This method involves disengaging the organ of hearing from its object - sound - and then directing that organ into the stream of concentration. When 'sound' and 'stream-entry' have been successfully wiped-out, the illusion that is one-sided stillness, and disturbance disappears.

As is usual for much of Luk's work, the Dharma teachings of Ch'an master Xu Yun (1840-1959) are clearly presented.
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This is a book about the ways to consciousness. Different ways for different individuals. People who read it should be trained to meditation, otherwise they would not be able to catch the "secrets" and think it is only for ju ju people. I have started meditation training two years ago and I live a normal Western life, and only now I can approach this book. Of course, you can be more in tune with the Whole than I am.
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This is an excellent book for meditators wishing to practice without a teacher. Charles Luk has presented methods, which although Chinese in origin, can be practiced by anyone of any race, anywhere, without access to a teacher.
There are several methods which are detailed in the book. The author advises, after reading the book, to practice one method which seems best suited to the individual.
I must confess to trying more than one, just to see which one was most suited to myself. The Ch'an method of Venerable Hsu Yun is also taught in the author's series 'Chan and Zen Teaching' in 3 volumes which goes into a lot more detail.
Pure Land, Taoist alchemy and the techniques laid out in the Shurangama Sutra are presented in an easy to understand way.
I'm being a little biased here, but the chapter on T'ien T'ai Buddhist meditation is absolutely wonderful. I have found it to be a very effective practice and I have since acquired more writings of the T'ien T'ai Patriarch Chih I.
Altogether, this is a well written and easy to read book on the many types of Chinese meditation which, in the past, were only taught in temples and monasteries to seekers of the Way.
Charles Luk has brought out these methods from their lofty settings and presented them to anyone willing to put them into practice.
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