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Liberated in Stillness and Motion

Liberated in Stillness and Motion

作者 : MASTER SHENG YEN

作者 : 聖嚴法師

出版社 : 財團法人法鼓山文教基金會-法鼓文化

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Live a life of ease and freedom, on the basis of peace and solidity,
with the principle of being less agitated and affected.

Many masters in the history of Chinese Chan Buddhism emphasized practice as daily living. Whether monastic or lay, a follower uses the concepts and methods of Chan in daily life. By doing so, one experiences calmness and ease while being spontaneous and lively amidst mundane reality. Chan is not a religion, not a philosophy, and surely not mysterious or weird sorcery. It is the wisdom of living, the cultivation of body and mind, and a principle and guideline for spiritual development. It is also the best method for influencing and purifying the environment.

--Master Sheng Yen

Preface

The practice of Chan is most humane.
The concept of Chan is most humanistic.
The methods of Chan are most humanized.
The style of Chan is most humanitarian.

Many masters in the history of Chinese Chan Buddhism emphasized practice as daily living. Whether monastic or lay, a follower uses the concepts and methods of Chan in daily life. By doing so, one experiences calmness and ease while being spontaneous and lively amidst mundane reality. Chan is not a religion, not a philosophy, and surely not mysterious or weird sorcery. It is the wisdom of living, the cultivation of body and mind, and a principle and guideline for spiritual development. It is also the best method for influencing and purifying the environment.

Correct Chan does not use miracles or the summoning of spirits as its appeal, nor does it emphasize other-worldly phenomena. Urgency and eagerness to obtain benefits is not its purpose. Chan takes simple normal living as its basis, lessening afflictions as its purpose, being relaxed and at ease. One does not regret the past; rather, one actively prepares for the future, moving steadily ahead while being fully in the present. These are the benefits of practicing Chan.

Over the past twenty years I have written about Chan, talked about it, and taught it so that people may learn and use it. Many disciples, students, readers, and listeners have benefited, but I have benefited the most. Though I grow old, I still enjoy doing this untiringly. I am ever certain that I have gained more, yet given less. Therefore, I am grateful to the Three Jewels and grateful to my masters, teachers, friends, and people for their support. More and more, I feel that what I have learned and what I know is limited while the sea of Buddhadharma is vast and endless. So I dare not be arrogant and proud. Although I introduce Chan in contemporary language and words, my perspective does not deviate from the teachings of the Buddha and the lineage masters. I avoid the "wild-fox Chan" of some who talk of going beyond the Buddha and the lineage masters, who say outrageous things, scolding as if they were ancient buddhas from the past. This causes great harm to sentient beings.

This book was compiled and designed by the editing team of Dharma Drum Publishing Corp. in Taiwan. It consists of articles related to the teaching and practice of Chan. First published in Humanity and Dharma Drum from 1993 to 1998, most of these articles have been revised. Due to time constraints, some were originally published as unedited transcripts, their original structure was loose, the words unpolished, and the meanings sometimes unclear. As talks, they may have been clear to live audiences, but in written form they may have been less clear. To remedy that, I have refined them for publishing in print.

Regarding my books on Chan, [as of this writing] I have published nine books in English. Some books have been translated into over ten European and Asian languages and are distributed worldwide. Of the ones in English, two were translated into Chinese. Another ten books on Chan have been published in Chinese and one was translated into English. This is not because I teach Chan one way in the East and another way in the West; it is because I had no time to work on cross-translation.

As of now, I have published over 60 or more various works on Chan. For reasons unknown to me, the books are popular and sell well and steadily. The books in English were originally published by our own Dharma Drum Publications in New York. Since 1998, established publishers in the USA such as Shambhala Publications and Doubleday Publishing, and others, have published my books on Chan.

Master Sheng Yen
Chan Meditation Center in New York, NY
November 23, 1998
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作者介紹

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Master Sheng Yen
Master Sheng Yen (1930-2009)

聖嚴法師1930年生於江蘇南通,1943年於狼山出家,後因戰亂投身軍旅,十年後再次披剃出家。曾於高雄美濃閉關六年,隨後留學日本,獲立正大學文學博士學位。1975年應邀赴美弘法。1989年創建法鼓山,並於2005年開創繼起漢傳禪佛教的「中華禪法鼓宗」。

聖嚴法師是一位思想家、作家暨國際知名禪師,曾獲臺灣《天下》雜誌遴選為「四百年來臺灣最具影響力的五十位人士」之一。著作豐富,中、英、日文著作達百餘種,先後獲頒中山文藝獎、中山學術獎、總統文化獎及社會各界的諸多獎項。

聖嚴法師提出「提昇人的品質,建設人間淨土」的理念,主張以大學院、大普化、大關懷三大教育推動全面教育,相繼創辦中華佛學研究所、法鼓佛教學院、僧伽大學、法鼓大學等院校,也以豐富的禪修經驗、正信的佛法觀念和方法指導東、西方人士修行。

法師著重以現代人的語言和觀點普傳佛法,陸續提出「心靈環保」、「四種環保」、「心五四運動」、「心六倫」等社會運動,並積極推展國際弘化工作,參與國際性會談,促進宗教交流,提倡建立全球性倫理,致力世界和平。其寬闊胸襟與國際化視野,深獲海內外肯定。


Master Sheng Yen was born in 1930 and became a monk in 1943. He conducted a six-year solitary retreat, after which he went to Japan for further study and obtained a doctorate in Buddhist literature at Rissho University. In 1975, he began sharing the Dharma in the US, and in 1989, founded the Dharma Drum Mountain organization. In 2005, he established the Dharma Drum Lineage of Chan Buddhism, as an effort to reinvent Chinese Buddhism.

He authored more than 100 publications in Chinese, English, and Japanese, and received the Sun Yat-sen Art and Literary Award, the Sun Yat-sen Academic Award, and the Presidential Cultural Award, among other honorary awards.

He proposed the vision of "uplifting the character of humanity and building a pure land on earth," founded the Chung-Hwa Institute of Buddhist Studies, Dharma Drum Institute of Liberal Arts, and Dharma Drum Sangha University. Experienced in Chan using correct approaches, he guided practice in both the West and East. Popularizing the Dharma in modern language, the Master initiated movements including Protecting the Spiritual Environment, Four Kinds of Environmentalism, the Fivefold Spiritual Renaissance Campaign, and the Six Ethics of the Mind. He shared the Dharma globally with a broadminded perspective, winning him worldwide recognition.

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