Master Sheng-yen is an expatriate monk from mainland China who has
been teaching in Taiwan and the United States for over two decades.
He is the author of numerous popular and academic works, including
Subtle Wisdom: Understanding Suffering, Cultivating Compassion
through Ch'an Buddhism (1999) and Complete Enlightenment:
Translation and Commentary on the Sutra of Complete Enlightenment
(1997). He leads Dharma Drum Mountain, one of
the three largest Buddhist organizations in Taiwan.
"Master Sheng-Yen has written another inspiring introduction to the
Chan buddhist tradition in China, more familiar to Americans as
Zen, its incarnation in Japan.... Aided by a masterful introduction
by well-known scholar Dan Stevenson, this book brings introductory
books on Chan/Zen to a new level of sophistication, accuracy and
relevance to both the more advanced and the novice American
"In this illuminating treatise readers will discover a Chan practice that is marvelously alive.... A very special book; highly recommended."--Library Journal