Books in Brief Spring 2005

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Song of Mind: Wisdom from the Zen Classic Xin MingYen
Sheng Yen
Boston: Shambhala
Publications, 2004
214 pp.; $16.95 (paper)

Ch’an master Sheng Yeng takes a practical approach to unlocking the meaning of the classic seventh-century Ch’an poem Xing Ming, or “Song of Mind,” for contemporary students. Exploring a short section of the text in each chapter, Master Sheng Yeng uses ancient wisdom to address the problems that meditators encounter in our current spiritual context, and he urges them to integrate their practice with all aspects of their daily life. According to Sheng Yeng, “[These] poems, and commentaries are useful only insofar as they encourage you to practice and incorporate the Dharma into your daily life.” 

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