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on 30 October 2011
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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