This is an inspiring guide to the practice of Chan (Chinese Zen) in the
words of four great masters of that tradition. It includes teachings
from contemporary masters Xuyun and Sheng Yen, and from Jiexian and
Boshan of the Ming Dynasty (1368–1644). Though the texts were written
over a period of hundreds of years, they are all remarkably lucid and
are perfect for beginners as well as more advanced practitioners today.
All the main points of spiritual practice are covered: philosophical
foundations, methods, approaches to problems and obstacles—all aimed at
helping the student attain the way to enlightenment.