The way of Zen holds that reality is to be gotten hold of not
externally, but inwardly. The truth is to be found in our own nature and
nowhere else. Within each living being is the Buddha nature, the
principle of enlightenment.
"To become a Buddha is simply to
discover this Buddha nature, always present within, eternally shining.
Like the sun, it continually radiates light, but when the clouds pass
over, we cannot see it. The goal is to eliminate the clouds, for when
they fly away, we can once again see the light."
Thien-An was an eminent Vietnamese master concerned with introducing Zen
to Western practitioners. Originally given as public lectures, this
book's 14 chapters, emphasize general principles and understanding while
covering a range of topics including "Self-Reflection in Zen Buddhism,"
"Three Essentials of Zen Practice," and "The Matter of Soul in
Each lecture end with a different method of practice
used in Zen Buddhism giving readers the opportunity to experience Zen
practice and choose from a variety of methods and techniques, those that
are most effective for the reader.
178 pages. Paperback.