Book Study Group: "The Method of No-Method: The Chan Practice of Silent Illumination" by SHeng-Yen
Tuesday evenings From 5 Sept to 21 NoV)
141 Wortley Road, London, ON
This study group will be reading, studying and discussing the book, "The Method of No-Method: The Chan Practice of Silent Illumination" by Chan Master Sheng-yen. Having a copy of the book is required for participation in this study group. The book may be ordered on-line from indigo.ca or amazon.ca. Please obtain your copy by the time the study group starts on 5 September.
Silent Illumination is a style of Zen meditation which developed in China and is the basis of the style of meditation known as shikantaza which is characteristic of the Soto school of Zen. The foremost exponent of Silent Illumination was Hong-zhi who lived between 1091 and 1157. Hong-zhi taught at Tiantong monastery, the same monastery which Dogen was to visit in the 1220s. As Soto Zen practitioners it is interesting and fruitful to explore the roots of shikantaza by studying the method of Silent Illumination. We are fortunate to have the practice of Silent Illumination outlined by contemporary Chan Master Sheng-yen.
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