Readers' comments on Working Toward Enlightenment taken from www.amazon.com
1) A reader from Rockefeller University from New York, New York.
A must-have book for all practitioners of cultivation.
This book carries the weight of a lifetime of personal cultivation. Known amidst oriental circles as probably the most influential cultivator living today, Master Nan is famous for his non-denominational/non-sectarian teachings. His wealth of knowledge can be seen clearly through the lectures that comprise this book. The reader will note that the many quotes cited in the text were given spontaneously by Master Nan without any consultation---a feat that no other modern master can possibly match. Master Nan's words make the many Buddhist and Taoist teachings of the past come to life. They become powerful reference posts and guides for those who are serious practitioners. It's truly expedient means in action! It is a pity that few of Nan's books have been translated. He is currently the best-selling author in China, as he has been for many years in Taiwan and Hong Kong. More than 15 million copies of his books have been sold in China alone.
2)A reader from Harvard University from Harvard University.
A must-read handbook for self cultivation.
During the first perusal of this book, I could not believe that it was written by a contemporary Buddhist master. Master Nan's scope of understanding and wealth of knowledge far outstrips any contemporary expert in the study of Buddhism. What is characteristic of this bursar of knowledge is the accessibility of the reader to the content of the book. Although possibly diluted through translation, the genius of Professor Nan's organization of content carefully guides the reader in his/her self cultivation. Despite Master's reputation as a renown statesman in Asia, and despite the popularity of his books amongst Buddhist practitioners and the academia, this treasure house of information has been a well kept secret amongst the public.
Readers' comments on stories of chinese zen taken from www.amazon.com
A succinct summary of Buhddism and Zen.
This is Master Nan's fifth English book. It is translated from the Chinese edition which was first published in 1968. It provides a succinct summary of Buhddism from Buhdda's enlightenment path to Chinese zen. The summary on the various Buhddist doctrines from the viewpoint of an enlightened praticioner is particularly valuable. It also provides the history and background of zen in China. Buhdda did not particularly speak on zen, because zen cannot be expressed by words. It has to be passed on from one zen master to another. You cannot possibly grasp it through books, audio, video, etc. However, the book will tell you what zen is and what it is not. It will also tell you how zen developed in China. As such, it contains stories of many zen masters as interpreted by Master Nan. The interpretation of zen dialogue by an enlightened master is invaluable. Many zen practioners went astray for misinterpretation of the dialogues. Invest in Mater Nan's books. They have ever-lasting values. Some of his Chinese books first published in 1955 are still print. Some of the more popular ones went into 20th edition in Taiwan. His Chinese books - 33 of them published both in Taiwan and mainland China - cover subjects in Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Chinese culture and history. His books are widely respected by Chinese academicans.