Chan Heart, Chan Mind

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“Simple, lovely writing, vivid detail, and understanding of the Chan path give this short book a gentle spirit.”—Publishers Weekly


A Meditation on Serenity and Growth

Master Guojun Kenneth Wapner

Enter the essence of Chinese Zen from the perspective of a young, dynamic, Western-educated teacher. Master Guojun offers an intimate, lyrical portrayal of life lived in the rich tradition of Chan, from his apprenticeship with a master Zen calligrapher to the lessons learned from building and running a major practice center. Through sparkling prose, Guojun lays out the essence of Chan and captures moving encounters with some of its greatest contemporary teachers, showing readers how to fold its insights into their own lives. Featuring the lyrical simplicity of Thich Nhat Hanh and the engaging storytelling of Ajahn Brahm, this book is further enhanced by the author’s own elegant calligraphy.

book information
  • Paperback
  • 176 pages, 5.00 x 8.00 inches
  • $14.95
  • ISBN 9781614292623
  • ebook
  • 176 pages
  • $10.99
  • ISBN 9781614292890
about the author
Chan Heart, Chan Mind

Master Guojun was born in Singapore in 1974 and ordained as a monk under Ven. Songnian of Mahabodhi Temple, Singapore. He is one of the youngest Dharma heirs of the renowned Chan master Sheng Yen. He has practiced meditation intensively since 1997. He has studied Tibetan Buddhism and Theravada Buddhism, as well as various aspects of the Mahayana tradition. Master Guojun is also a spiritual and guiding teacher of Chan Community Canada and Chan Indonesia. He was the abbot of Dharma Drum Retreat Center in Pine Bush, New York, from 2005 to 2008. He is the author of Essential Chan Buddhism, which has been published in several languages, and Chan Heart, Chan Mind. He is currently the president of Mahabodhi Monastery in Singapore.

Other books by Master Guojun:
Falling is Flying

Chan Heart, Chan Mind

Kenneth Wapner is an editor, writer, book packager, literary agent, and publisher. His packaging imprint is Peekamoose Books, and he has a publishing imprint, Wapner & Brent Books, with Asia Arts and Culture, LLC, a company he founded in 2015 that seeks to bring Asian culture to the West. Books Kenneth has worked on have been bestsellers, won awards, and have been published around the world. He lives in Woodstock, New York, where he grew up, with his wife, Corinne Mol, who teaches Chi Kung, and his eleven-year-old daughter, Rachel.  

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