Through the teachings of Master Sheng Yien, Chan (Chinese Zen), is a stimulating introduction. This rare opportunity offers a glimpse into the practice and ideas behind a Chinese Zen retreat. Part 1 of this book is an introductory account that includes extensive teachings based on ancient texts. Part 2 focuses on the hidden practice of silent illumination, which is at the heart chinese Buddhism. The author discusses the poetry and teachings from Master Hongzhi.