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Essence of Chan: a guide to life and practice according to the teachings of Bodhidharma
Clear and illuminating commentary on one of Bodhidharma's most important texts, designed to help Chan practitioners apply timeless and essential advice to their practice.
Legend has it that more than a thousand years ago an Indian Buddhist monk named Bodhidharma arrived in China. His approach to teaching was unlike that of any of the Buddhist practitioners who had come to China before him—he confounded the emperor with cryptic dialogues, traveled the country, and eventually lived out his days in a cave in the mountains. This book, a concise commentary on one of Bodhidharma's most important texts, explores the story behind Bodhidharma's journey through China and gives readers the chance to study his revolutionary teachings in English. Masterfully translated and accompanied by helpful insights to supplement daily practice for practitioners in modern times, it's a must-have for any student of Chan or Zen Buddhism.