The Way to Buddhahood

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“This fine translation is a most welcome addition to the small English language archives of modern Chinese Buddhism. It plots a course for Buddhism’s future development that will allow its robust engagement with the modern world without forcing the severance of its traditional roots.”—Robert M. Gimello, Professor of East Asian Languages and Culture, University of Notre Dame


Instructions from a Modern Chinese Master

Venerable Yin-shun

The Way to Buddhahood is a compendium of two thousand years of Chinese practice in assimilating and understanding the Buddhist experience of enlightenment. It is the first in-depth explanation of Chinese Buddhism by Yin-shun, the greatest living master of the Chinese scholar-monk tradition. The master’s broad scope not only includes the traditional Chinese experience but also ideas from the Tibetan monastic tradition. This is one of those rare classic books that authentically captures an entire Buddhist tradition between its covers.

book information
  • Paperback
  • 416 pages, 6.00 x 9.00 inches
  • $29.95
  • ISBN 9780861711338
  • ebook
  • 416 pages
  • $23.99
  • ISBN 9780861716876
about the author
The Way to Buddhahood

Master Yin-shun’s life was dedicated to Buddhism. He was born in 1906 and became a Buddhist monk in 1930. During his lifetime, he wrote over seven million words in over forty books. Being a student of Master Taixu (1890–1947), he expanded the teaching of “Human-oriented Buddhism” (Renjian Fojiao). In 1973, he received a PhD from Taisho University of Japan based on his work on Zhongguo Chanzong shi (The History of Chinese Chan Buddhism). He became the first Chinese Buddhist monk to receive a PhD. He passed away in 2005.

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