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Advisable not only for Buddhists
on 7 September 2011
Who can not be interested in reading this book? Even if you are not a Buddhist, perhaps you should read it: the first chapters are simply among the best literature that I have read. The history of a poor child in China since he was born and how he could scape from misery, hunger, floods and wars to become a monk, then a soldier, again a monk, a scholar, a hermit...
If you are a Buddhist or you are interested in Buddhism, this book can show you who this man was: Master Sheng Yen. I think there exists another two biographies of Master Sheng Yen in Chinese, but this is the only one written in English so far.
The clear and modern style of his writing makes this book easily readable, even it makes you wish that the book was longer. It is also a good complement to his book Hoofprint of the Ox: Principles of the Chan Buddhist Path as Taught by a Modern Chinese Master.