Attaining the Way: A Guide to the Practice of Chan Buddhism by Sheng Yen

By Sheng Yen

This is often an inspiring advisor to the perform of Chan (Chinese Zen) within the phrases of 4 nice masters of that culture. It comprises teachings from modern masters Xuyun and Sheng Yen, and from Jiexian and Boshan of the Ming Dynasty (1368–1644). notwithstanding the texts have been written over a interval of hundreds of thousands of years, they're all remarkably lucid and are ideal for newbies in addition to extra complicated practitioners at the present time. all of the details of religious perform are lined: philosophical foundations, tools, techniques to difficulties and obstacles—all geared toward assisting the scholar reach tips to enlightenment.

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However, the neighbouring countries, as well as King Ajatasatru, demanded their share and, when the Mallas refused, prepared for war. The adversaries eventually came to an agreement and the relics were shared out between eight states: the Mallas of Kusinagara, King AjataSatru of Magadha, the Licchavis of Vaisali, the Siikyas of Kapilavastu, the Bulakas of Calakalpa, the KrauQyas of Ramagrama, the brahmins of Vi~t:tudvipa and the Mallas of Papa. The brahmin Dhiimrasagotra, or Drot:ta, who had initiated the distribution, kept for himself the urn which had enclosed the relics.

The Middle Region, which included fourteen mahiijanapada out of sixteen, measured 300 leagues in length, according to the ancient estimates, 250 in width and 900 in perimetre; its inhabitants were virtuous, and noble persons, including the Buddhas, willingly chose it as their cradle 4 • It included seven principal towns : Sravasti, Saketa, Campa, Vara~asi, Vaisafi, Rajagrha and KausambJS. 10 THE ROUTES. • -We possess only fragmentary information about the road networks connecting the urban centres of India in the sixth century 11 • The imperial highway of the Maurya period, of which Pliny the Elder was later to give a description based on precise information supplied by Megasthenes, existed only as a rough track.

Oxford, 1954. • 16 Vinaya, I, pp. 35, 242; Diglta, I, p. 62; Majjhirna, I, p. lyutta, V, p. 352; Ailguttara, I, p. 180, etc. 17 Diglta,III, p. 135; Anguttara, II, p. 24; Itivuttaka, p. 121; Chung a han, T 26, ch. 34, p. 645b 18; Upadc:Sa, T 1509, ch. I, p. 59c; Modified text in Madh. vrtti, pp. 366, 539; Paiijikii, p. 419; Lankiivatiira, pp. 142-3. 18 Divya, pp. 268, 272; T 310, ch. 102, p. 574a; T 190, ch. 41, p. 843b. u Suttanipiita, III, 3, p. 78. (26-27) THE DHARMA AND THE BUDDHA 25 The Buddha voluntarily stood aside before the Law which he discovered and preached.

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