Hi, Everyone! Finishing up the works of Nan Huai Chin in this post.
Diamond Sutra Explained Paperback – January 27, 2005
Master Nan Huai-Chin's discourses on the treasured Buddhist Diamond Sutra bring together a lifetime's personal cultivation experience that crosses into every single school of esoteric and spiritual practice. The great contemporary Master uses the Diamond Sutra as a tool to gauge the understanding that we must have when journeying towards understanding our true selves. The various passages from this beautiful Sutra are used to provide the student with a practical framework that combines understanding with practical cultivation. Master Nan's teachings are uniquely different compared with interpretations given by other contemporary and past teachers.
Haven't read this one yet. I'm planning on reading Red Pine's translation first, then Master Nan's commentaries.
Here's a link to the Red Pine (aka Bill Porter) translation: https://www.amazon.com/Diamond-Sutra-Red-Pine/dp/1582432562/ref=pd_sim_14_8?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=1582432562&pd_rd_r=F1NX122EVMVCM2W0GENS&pd_rd_w=uxZD3&pd_rd_wg=Ga9BH&psc=1&refRID=F1NX122EVMVCM2W0GENS
I'm of the opinion that you should always read the original text first, in the best translation that you can find, before reading anyone's commentaries. I want as close to the original author's words as possible, free of any distortions.
This book has a very Interesting history. Here's an article from Smithsonian.com that touches upon it for the layperson:
Original Link: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/Five-things-to-know-about-diamond-sutra-worlds-oldest-dated-printed-book-180959052/
Five Things to Know About the Diamond Sutra, the World’s Oldest Dated Printed Book
By Jason Daley
"No one is sure who Wang Jie was or why he had The Diamond Sutra printed. But we do know that on this day in 868 A.D.—or the 13th of the 4th moon of the 9th year of Xiantong in Jie’s time—he commissioned a block printer to create a 17-and-a-half-foot-long scroll of the sacred Buddhist text, including an inscription on the lower right-hand side reading, “Reverently made for universal free distribution by Wang Jie on behalf of his two parents.” Today, that scroll is housed at the British Library and is acknowledged as the oldest dated printed book in existence.
Chances are you know a little something about the Gutenberg Bible, the first book made with moveable type, which came along almost 600 years later. Bibliophiles might also have a working knowledge of other famous manuscripts like the Book of Kells, The Domesday Book, and Shakespeare’s First Folio. Well, The Diamond Sutra should be in that pantheon of revered books, as well. Here’s why:
The text was originally discovered in 1900 by a monk in Dunhuang, China, an old outpost of the Silk Road on the edge of the Gobi Desert. The Diamond Sutra, a Sanskrit text translated into Chinese, was one of 40,000 scrolls and documents were hidden in “The Cave of a Thousand Buddhas,” a secret library sealed up around the year 1,000 when the area was threatened by a neighboring kingdom.
In 1907, British-Hungarian archaeologist Marc Aurel Stein was on an expedition mapping the ancient Silk Road when he heard about the secret library. He bribed the abbot of the monastic group in charge of the cave and smuggled away thousands of documents, including The Diamond Sutra. The International Dunhuang Project is now digitizing those documents and 100,000 others found on the eastern Silk Road.
The Diamond Sutra is relatively short, only 6,000 words and is part of a larger canon of “sutras” or sacred texts in Mahayana Buddhism, the branch of Buddhism most common in China, Japan, Korea and southeast Asia. Many practitioners believe that the Mahayana Sutras were dictated directly by the Buddha, and The Diamond Sutra takes the form of a conversation between the Buddha’s pupil Subhati and his master.
Why is it Diamond?
A full translation of the document's title is The Diamond That Cuts Through Illusion. As Susan Whitfield, director of the Dunhuang Project explains, the sutra helps cut through our perceptions of the world and its illusion. "[W]e just think we exist as individuals but we don’t, in fact, we’re in a state of complete non-duality: there are no individuals, no sentient beings,” Whitfield writes.
Why did Wang Jie commission it?
According to Whitfield, in Buddhist belief, copying images or the words of the Buddha was a good deed and way of gaining merit in Jie’s culture. It’s likely that monks would have unrolled the scroll and chanted the sutra out loud on a regular basis. That’s one reason printing developed early on in China, Whitfield explains. “[if] you can print multiple copies, and the more copies you’re sending out, the more you’re disseminating the word of Buddha, and so the more merit you are sending out into the world,” she writes. “And so the Buddhists were very quick to recognize the use of the new technology of printing.”
What is one quote I should know from The Diamond Sutra?
It’s difficult to translate the sutra word for word and still catch its meaning. But this passage about life, which Bill Porter, who goes by the alias "Red Pine," adapted to English, is one of the most popular:
So you should view this fleeting world—
A star at dawn, a bubble in a stream,
A flash of lightening in a summer cloud,
A flickering lamp, a phantom, and a dream."
Here are excerpts from a Wikipedia article on it:
Original Link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diamond_Sutra
"The Diamond Sūtra (Sanskrit: Vajracchedikā Prajñāpāramitā Sūtra) is a Mahāyāna (Buddhist) sūtra from the Prajñāpāramitā, or "Perfection of Wisdom" genre, and emphasizes the practice of non-abiding and non-attachment. The Diamond sutra is one of the most influential Mahayana sutras in East Asia and is a key object of devotion and study in Zen Buddhism...
..."The Sanskrit title for the sūtra is the Vajracchedikā Prajñāpāramitā Sūtra, which may be translated roughly as the "Vajra Cutter Perfection of Wisdom Sūtra." In English, shortened forms such as Diamond Sūtra and Vajra Sūtra are common. The title relies on the power of the vajra (diamond or thunderbolt) to cut things as a metaphor for the type of wisdom that cuts and shatters illusions to get to ultimate reality. The sutra is also called by the name Triśatikā Prajñāpāramitā Sūtra (300 lines Perfection of Insight sutra).
The Diamond Sūtra has also been highly regarded in a number of Asian countries where Mahāyāna Buddhism has been traditionally practiced. Translations of this title into the languages of some of these countries include:
Sanskrit: वज्रच्छेदिकाप्रज्ञापारमितासूत्र, Vajracchedikā Prajñāpāramitā Sūtra
Chinese: 《金剛般若波羅蜜多經》, Jingang Banruopoluomiduo Jing (Chin-kang Pan-Jo-p'o-lo-mi-to Ching); shortened to 《金剛經》, Jingang Jing (Chin-kang Ching)
Japanese: 金剛般若波羅蜜多経, Kongō hannya haramita kyō, shortened to 金剛経, Kongō-kyō
Korean: 금강반야바라밀경, geumgang banyabaramil gyeong, shortened to 금강경, geumgang gyeong
Mongolian: Yeke kölgen sudur
Vietnamese: Kim cương bát-nhã-ba-la-mật-đa kinh, shortened to Kim cương kinh
Tibetan: འཕགས་པ་ཤེས་རབ་ཀྱི་ཕ་རོལ་ཏུ་ཕྱིན་པ་རྡོ་རྗེ་གཅོད་པ་ཞེས་བྱ་བ་ཐེག་པ་ཆེན་པོའི་མདོ།, Wylie: ’phags pa shes rab kyi pha rol tu phyin pa rdo rje gcod pa zhes bya ba theg pa chen po’i mdo"...
..."The Vajracchedikā Prajñāpāramitā Sutra contains the discourse of the Buddha to a senior monk, Subhuti. Its major themes are anatman (not-self), the emptiness of all phenomena (though the term 'śūnyatā' itself does not appear in the text), the liberation of all beings without attachment and the importance of spreading and teaching the Diamond sutra itself."...
This article also contains a chronology of the various English translations. The most recent one is by Paul Harrison. Here's a link to it. The English translation is on the far right:
I provided all of this background because The Diamond Sutra is a primary cultivation text. Always good to have the background, and a decent translation to start with, so that you then have a foundation with which to read commentaries, like the one by Master Nan.
Basic Buddhism: Exploring Buddhism and Zen Paperback – November 1, 1997
Hong Kong-based Zen Master Nan Huai-Chin is regarded as one of the foremost experts on Chinese history and culture. He is an expert in Confucianism as well as of Zen, Taoism and Esoteric Buddhism. This comprehensive introduction covers the relationship between Buddhism and the culture of India, the transmission of Buddhism to China, and to the rest of the world, and the changes that have taken place in Buddhism in different parts of the world - in other Asian countries, as well as in America and Europe.
Comments: Haven't read yet, but here's the table of contents:
CHAPTER 1: Buddhism and the Culture of
The Development of Indian Culture; The Background of Indian
Culture; The Religion and Philosophy of Ancient Indian Civi-
lization; The Rise of Various Philosophical Trends; The Six
Schools of Philosophy; The Buddhism of Shakyamuni versus
non-Buddhist Paths; Chapter Summary.
CHAPTER 2: Shakyamuni Buddha, the Founder
Shakyamuni's Lineage; A Great Man Who Refused to be King;
The Dates of Shakyamuni's Birth and Death; The Clan
Tradition; Legends of Shakyamuni's Innate Spiritual Unique-
ness; A Special Youth of Many Talents; Shakyamuni's Compas-
sionate Temperament; Leaving Home and Awakening to the
Path; The Young Prince Who Fled the World to Seek Enlight-
enment; Shakyamuni Studies the Various Schools for Six
Years; Shakyamuni Practices Six Years of Austerities; Shakya-
muni Opens through in Sudden Enlightenment and Achieves
Buddhahood; The Founding of the Teaching; Shakyamuni's
Teaching and His Original Disciples; Preaching the Dharma;
The Compilation of the Buddhist Scriptures; Chapter Sum-
CHAPTER 3: The Transmission of Buddhism to
The First Period of the Transmission; Indian Buddhism in the
Time of King Ashoka; The Initial Transmission of Buddhism to
China in the Late Han and Three Kingdoms Periods; Buddhism
in the Wei, Jin, and Northern and Southern Dynasties; The
Founding of Pure Land Buddhism; Kumarajiva and Sengzhao;
Daosheng, Nirvana, and Buddha-nature; The Heyday of Chi-
nese Buddhism; The Sui and Tang Periods; The Founding of
the Tang Dynasty; The Zen School's Change of System; The
Rise of Esoteric Buddhism; The Song, Yuan, Ming, and Qing
Periods; Chapter Summary.
CHAPTER 4: Buddhism in Other Countries
Buddhism in Asia; Korea; Japan; Burma; Thailand; Vietnam;
Tibet; Other regions of Southeast Asia; Buddhism in Europe andtwo partAmerica; Britain; Germany; France; United States of Amer-
ica; Russia; Chapter Summary.
CHAPTER 5: Buddhism in the 20th Century
The Decline of Chinese Buddhism Since the Qing Period; Sec-
tarian Decline; The Change in the Character of Monks and
Temples; The Buddhist Revival of the Late Qing and Early
Republican Periods; The Revival of Chinese Buddhism; The
Development of Chinese Buddhism; Conclusion.
APPENDIX: The Zen Monastic System and Chi-
The Different Societies of Eastern and Western Civilization;
The Differentiation of Patriarchal Clan Society; The Early Bud-
dhist Monastic System; The Origin of the Zen Monastic Sys-
tem; The Zen Monastic System: Its Regulations and Guide-
lines; The Abbot; The Two Echelons of Monks; The
Responsible Posts in a Zen Temple; The Chief Administrators,
Visiting Monks, and the Pure Congregation; Variations in the
Zen Pure Rules Over Time; The Influence of the Zen Commu-
nities; Equality of Status and Collective Living; Equality of
Labor and a Prosperous Economy; Equality of Faith and Disci-
pline in Speech and Action; Equality of All Sentient Beings; The
Zen Halls: Cultivation of Practice; The Scope of the Zen Hall;
The Teacher in the Zen Hall; Life in the Zen Hall; Teaching
Methods Inside and Outside the Zen Hall; The Transformation
of the Zen Hall; The Legacy of the Zen Community Pure Rules;
Zen Master Baizhang's Biography; Zen Master Baizhang's En-
lightenment; Preface to the Pure Rules of Baizhang by the Song
Dynasty Literatus Yang Yi; Twenty Essential Rules for the Zen
Community by Zen Master Baizhang; The Treatise of the
Samadhi of the Precious King; The Zen Community and Patri-
archal Clan Society; The Zen Monastic System and Chinese
Culture; The Zen Monastic System and the Secret Societies;
About the Author
Working Toward Enlightenment: The Cultivation of Practice Paperback – November 1, 1993
In this important and fact-filled treatise for contemporary students, Master Nan Huai-Chin details the principles and practices behind the various schools of self-realization. Many Westerners have biases regarding works by Confucius and Mencius; even contemporary scholars misunderstand the philosophical approach that covers the spiritual cultivation path to enlightenment- the practice involved in attaining realization.
Comments: Part one two-part magnum opus on the cultivation process. Haven't completely read yet. Here's the table of contents:
TABLE OF CONTENTS
1 The Path of Cultivating Enlightenment........................ 1
2 Mind and Extemal Form.............................................. 19
3 The Five Skandhas...................................................... 41
4 Liberation from the Skandhas..................................... 57
5 A Talk on The Lotus Sutra........................................... 83
6 Further Lessons from The Lotus Sutra .......................103
7 Cultivation through Refining the Breath...................... 115
8 The Cultivation Path of Mindfulness ...........................131
9 Breathing and Various
Ranks of Cultivation Attainment ....................................145
10 Refining the Vital Energy ...........................................163
11 Teachings of the
Zen Patriarchs as a Basis for Cultivation..................... 179
12 Correctly Contemplating Mind.................................. 197
13 Stories of Zen Enlightenment.................................... 223
14 True and False Emptiness......................................... 247
Works Cited.................................................................... 279
To Realize Enlightenment: Practice of the Cultivation Path Paperback – October, 1994
This is a series of lectures translated from the Chinese on the cultivation of enlightenment in the Buddhist religion by Master Nan Huai-Chin. Topics include correcting mind, body, and behavior, Samadhi, five Skandhas, etc.
Haven't read this one yet (only so many hours In a day ). Read this one after reading "Working Toward Enlightenment".
Here's the table of contents:
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Eliminating the View of the Body...........................................1
Correcting Your Mind, Body, and Behavior ........................20
Cultivating Genuine Samadhi .............................................47
An Overview of Cosmic Realms..........................................67
The Sequence for Transforming Mind and Body.................83
Samadhi and the Realms Resembling Samadhi.............. 105
Zen School Models for Cultivating Samadhi.................... 129
Entering, Abiding, and Leaving Samadhi......................... 155
The Four Intensified Practices.......................................... 173
Bodhisattva Practices....................................................... 199
The Five Skandhas ............................................................225
Liberation from False Thought........................................... 241
Contemplation on Provisional Existence........................... 261
Carrying Out Vows............................................................ 279
Works Cited...................................................................... 303
The Story of Chinese Taoism No Image available
If you want to learn Taoism, you truly cannot afford to miss out on this information from the man who re-established Taoist understanding in Taiwan and Mainland China
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China's only surviving tripartite Zen, Esoteric and Taoist master ... who has sold over seven million books in China ... recounts the history of Taoism and the principles of proper Taoist meditation practice. Inside you'll find fully comprehensive explanations of Taoism along with recommended methods and results of body-mind cultivation. For the first time in English, Nan Huai-chin's Taoist breakthrough insights are available to true Taoist seekers.
Inside this work, which is the other half of The Story of Chinese Zen, published by Charles E. Tuttle, you will find discussions of Lao Tzu, Chuang Tzu, Wei Bo-Yang, fang-shih (or ancient "magicians" of China), the Yin-Yang school, kundalini, pranayama, chi, Taoism and the sciences, feng shui, Confucianism, medical longevity sciences, I-Ching, popular Taoist meditation methods and all the major topics of Taoism, including a trustworthy history of Taoism with critical analysis (something missing in most texts). You will find information on the battles Taoism fought with Chinese Buddhism and Confucianism.
This is a veritable treasure trove of Taoist practice insights and history, and more importantly, it contains the proper road of meditation practice according to the real Taoism that has all but disappeared from the world. What Master Nan teaches is different than any other Taoist information you can find today as he weaves practical experience together with Taoism history of practice, and proper meditation technique. In your hands you'll have Chinese Taoism details - never before available in English - that illuminate a safe and correct road of meditation practice according to the correct Taoist vision.
The translator, Dr. William Brown, once spoke to me about this text saying, "I've translated Nan Huai-Chin's works on both Confucianism and Taoism. You know the scholars say one thing about these fields, and he says another, and frankly, to tell you the truth, his revolutionary ideas are right and they're wrong!" That's why the author has sold over 7 million books in Asia, and is widely recognized as the premier Chinese authority on Taoism today.
Scholars typically write dry books without any experience of the matter they're discussing, but this one seamlessly weaves a master's interpretations of facts and trends together with meditation principles and personal insights to provide you with guidance for your own spiritual efforts, even if you don't follow Taoism. In fact, the whole purpose of the book is to help you practice better by understanding how body-based cultivation schools (such as Taoism, yoga, Tantra, and Tibetan Buddhism) should be practiced correctly.
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Inside this work you will find many translated source materials that you won't find in any other English publication. Furthermore, you find Taoist trends and fads put into the right perspective along with discussions of their pros and cons. This is the information that lets you reach the highest stages of Taoist cultivation.
Because Taoism focuses on body-mind cultivation, you need this book to deepen your knowledge of practically any school of cultivation that focuses on the body and discusses physiological changes due to climbing the spiritual ladder. It will definitely teach you what you must do in your own spiritual practice to become a "true man," the perfected individual, and to claim all the other benefits and virtues of Taoist practice.
Comments: This one is available for free download on Bill Bodri's Meditation Expert website. Original link provided above. Haven't read it yet. Table of contents provided below:
Chapter 1: The Origins of the Learning and Thought of the Taoist School and Those of Huang-Lao and Lao-Chuang
· The Relationship of the Taoist School with Huang-Lao
· The Relationship of the Taoist School and Lao-Chuang
Chapter 2: The Relationship of the Thought of the Recluse and the Taoist School
· Counter-Evidence to the Legends of Ancient History
· The Relationship of the Thought of Confucius and the Recluse
· Relationship of the Recluses and Historical Politics
Chapter 3: The Learning of the Fang-shih (Occultist) and the Taoist School
· Early Natural Sciences
· The Yin-Yang School Evolved Into the Humanities
· Theoretical Physical Sciences
Chapter 4: Origins of the Learning and Thought of the Fang-shih in the Taoist School
· Ancient Traditional Culture and the Taoist School During the Chou Dynasty
· Cultural Background of the Northern Chinese States of Ch'i, Lu, Yen and Sung During the Warring States Period
· The Culture and Thought of the Southern State of Ch'u During the Warring States Period
Chapter 5: Contents of the Learning and Thought of the Taoist School and Taoist Religion
· Cosmological Theories of Heaven and Man in the Taoist School and Taoist Religion
-- The Concept of the Yin and Yang
-- The Concept of the Five Elements
-- The Concept of Sixty Year Cycle Using the Heavenly Stems and Earthly Branches
· Learning and Thought of the Cultivation of Immortals in the Taoist School
· Estimation of the Meaning of Human Life by the Taoist School and Taoist Religion
The Influence of the Thoughts of the "Fang-shih"
(A) The theories and methods on the cultivation of the spirit were naturally first advocated by Lao Tzu
(B ) The first theories of the cultivation of ch'i and the refinement of ch'i
© The reasons for the taking of drugs
(D) The two theories related to the taking of alchemical drugs
(E) The three types of alchemical drugs ingested
(F) The three methods for ingesting alchemical drugs
(G) The cultivation and practices of the sect of worship and prayer
Chapter 6: The Immortal Alchemical Sect During and After the Han and Wei Dynasties
· The Originator of Alchemical Texts Wei Po-Yang
· The Alchemical Method of Refining Ch'i and Nourishing Life Through the Combination of the Medical Sciences of the Fang-shih and the Representations and Numerology of the Book of Changes
Chapter 7: General Discussion on the Thoughts of the Founders of the Taoist School and Taoist Religion
· The Meaning of "Heaven" Prior to the Split of the Confucian and Taoist Schools
· The Meaning of "Tao" Prior to the Split of the Confucian and Taoist Schools
· Lao Tzu
-- The Concepts of the Way of Heaven, Non-Action and Spontaneity in the Thought of Lao Tzu
-- Lao Tzu's Views on Benevolence, Righteousness and the Sage
-- Misunderstanding of Lao Tzu's Political Thought
-- Lao Tzu Has Been Falsely Charged as the Instigator of Schemes and Intrigues
-- The Focal Point of Lao Tzu's Political Thought
-- Lao Tzu's Theories on the Cultivation of Life
(A) The cultivation of quietude begins with attaining utmost emptiness and internal stillness
(B ) The cultivation of the spirit proceeds from utmost stillness to being dimly visible as if not present
© The cultivation of ch'i is designed to aid the cultivation of stillness and the spirit
(D) Realizing that which is shadowy and indistinct
(E) The results of the cultivation of life
·The Classic of Purity and Stillness
· Chuang Tzu
-- The Fables in the Chuang Tzu
-- Chuang Tzu's Free and Easy Wandering and the Seven Inner Chapters
-- The Style of the Outer Chapters of the Chuang Tzu
-- The Mutual Causation of the Ideas of Caring for Life in the Chuang Tzu and the Fang-shih Immortals
· The Influences of the Yin-Yang School and Fang-shih of the Warring States Period
· The Learning and Thought of Tsou Yen
-- The Motives and Aims of Tsou Yen's Theories on Yin and Yang
-- The Contents of the Yin-Yang Theory
-- The Geophysical Thought of Tsou Yen
-- The Prevalent Trend of Learning in the State of Ch'i
· The "Fang-shih" of the States of Yen and Ch'i and the Origins of the Thought of Immortals During the Ch'in and Han Dynasties
· Emperor Ch'in Shih Huang and the Feng and Shan Sacrifices
· The Spirit Way and Spirit Immortals at the Beginning of the Han Dynasty
· General Contents of the Learning and Thought of the Taoist School During and After the Han and Wei Dynasties
Chapter 8: The Taoist Religion
· Reasons for the Formation of the Taoist Religion at the End of the Han Dynasty
· The Taoist School and Taoist Religion During and After the Chin and Wei Dynasties
· The Taoist Religion During the T'ang Dynasty
· The Taoist Religion During the Sung, Yuan, Ming and Ch'ing Dynasties
Chapter 9: The Ideas of the Taoist School and Taoist Religion and the Educational Spirit of Chinese Culture
The Story of Chinese Zen Kindle Edition
The development of Zen in China is really the story of the flourishing of Chinese philosophy, arts and literature beginning as far back as the Han Dynasty and earlier. Master Nan Huai-Chin offers an engaging chronicle of both in this groundbreaking work.
The Story of Chinese Zen begins with the premise that the climate during Shakyamuni's founding of Buddhism in India ultimately influence the differences behind Hinayana and Mahayana thought, practice, and methods of seeking enlightenment. From there—beginning with its transmission to China—Master Nan outlines the Zen School, exploring influences on the development of Zen before the early Tang Dynasty, different meanings of studying Zen and pursuing the heart and goal of Zen." He explores the relationship between Zen and new-Confucianism and the inseparability of religion and Zen from Chinese literature and philosophy, especially Taoism.
Born in Zhejiang province, China in 1918, Nan Huai-Chin has studied under thirty-two major Taoist and Buddhist masters, including the masters of the Esoteric School of Buddhism in Tibet, from whom he received the title of Esoteric Master. He has published over thirty books and is widely recognized as one of the foremost scholars on Zen and Taoism.
Comment: Haven't completely read yet. Here's the table of contents:
Table of Contents
About the Author
1. Connections Between Buddhism and Historical Chinese Culture
2. A Brief Introduction To The Contents Of Buddhist Study
Background of Indian Culture - Situations and Political Conditions of Ancient India
3. Contribution to Humankind Made by Shakyamuni's Leaving Home and Attaining Enlightenment
Breaking Up Concept of Caste, Shakyamuni Preached Equality Extending to All Living Beings
Shakyamuni Set Up a Phenomenology of Life, Recurring Cycles of Six Courses of Existence
Shakyamuni Pioneered Views of the Universe and the World - Shakyamuni Synthesized a Metaphysical Ontology
4. Mahayana Buddhism and Hinayana Buddhism
Hinayana Thought - The Practice of Hinayana Buddhism - Hinayana Methods of Seeking Realization
5. Mahayana Thought
Mahayana Practice - Mahayana Methods of Seeking Realization
6. An Outline of the Zen School
Zen and its Roots - Historical Traces of Zen - Special Transmission of Zen Outside of Buddhist Doctrine - The Work of Zen - Lankavatara Sutra to Seal Understanding of Penetrating Root Basis of Mind and the Universe
7. Influences on the Development of Zen Before the Early T'ang Dynasty
8. The Sixth Patriarch of Zen
The First Issue - Step One - Step Two - Step Three - Step Four - Step Five -
The Second Issue - The Third Issue
9. The Great flourishing of Zen in the Early T'ang Dynasty
10. Some Keys to Understanding Zen
11. Understanding Some Important Technical Terms
Public Cases - Caning and Shouting
12. Important Points in Reading Zen Classics
The Necessity of Preparatory Learning in Zen and Literature
13. The Heart and Goal of Zen
14. The Process of Zen: Mental Work and Insight
15. Nirvana and the Aim of Zen
16. Emphasizing Concentration on a Word or Saying Practice of Cessation and Contemplation, and Dhyana - Watching Thoughts - Investigating a Hua-t'ou
17. Doctrine of the Three Barriers and the Realm of Zen Investigative Meditation
18. Sources of Zen Buddhism's Influence on Neo-Confucianism
19. Neo-Confucianism and the Sayings and Doings of the Zen Masters
20. Zen and Chineses Literature
21. Importance of the Relationship of Zen and Literature
Grass Mountain: A Seven Day Intensive in Ch'an Training With Master Nan Huai-Chin Paperback – May, 1986
Comments: No description. The title is self-explanatory. Haven't read yet. Here's the table of contents:
About the Master, vii
Day One, 1
Day Two, 15
Day Three, 37
Day Four, 53
Day Five, 69
Day Six, 89
Day Seven, 109
Chinese Sources, 133
That's it for all of Nan Huai-Chin's books available in English. He has many more available, if you can read Mandarin.
Even with my previous caveats, I still consider both his, and Bodri's works must reads, especially if you're new to all of this.
Next is the Golden Elixir titles, and papers of Fabrizio Pergadio