This book embraces the essence of talks Guo Jun gave at a fourteen-day retreat at Chan Forest in the hills of Jakarta in 2010 as well as subsequent conversations the editor and his wife had with him. It is highly readable and accessible to the reader. It has poetic, spontaneous and witty qualities, providing deep insight into Chan (also spelled Cha’n) Buddhism. Chan is the Chinese form of Zen and is not well-known in the West as Zen is, but it derives from the traditions of India. It has flourished and continued to develop through many masters and its teachings have parallels to Korean Son, Vietnamese Thien, and Japanese Zen. But it has its own flavor in how it presents wisdom to admirers and practitioners. Chan is not the only Buddhist tradition connected to China.¹
Mordaunt, Owen G.
"Essential Chan Buddhism: The Character and Spirit of Chinese Zen,"
International Dialogue: Vol. 4, Article 8.
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