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Nan Huai Jin

Master Nan Huai Jin (Nan Huai-Chin) is one of the most renowned and revered lay Buddhist Masters in China. A great teacher in all three traditions of spiritual cultivation in China, namely the Confucian tradition, the Buddhist tradition and the Taoist tradition, he has written more than 30 books in these subjects. His books are always insightful and lively. He speaks with the authority of first hand experience – being a great scholar, a great action master and a great teacher at the same time. Someone with such an aggregate of qualities are hard to find in this arid age in which words and deeds rarely match. These are no empty words! For a glimpse of his experience, we note that he studied the ancient Chinese martial arts in his youth and mastered the works of Confucian and Taoist sages at the age of seventeen. Later on he taught at the Central Military Academy and studied social welfare at the Jin Ling(Nan Jing) University. In 1942, at the age of twenty four, he went into a three-year cultivation retreat in the Er-Mei Mountains, one of the four sacred Buddhist pilgrimage sites in China. It was there that he verified his experience against the Chinese Tripitaka and composed gathas for each of the thirty two chapters of the Diamond Sutra (Published in his book What is the Diamond Sutra All About.) In 1945, he left for Tibet to learn from Tibetan Masters and was conferred the official title of Vajra Master by the Hutuktu (high ranking incarnate) Kung Ka of the Kagyu tradition. He is also the most eminent student of the renowned lay Chan Master Yuan Huan-Xian, making him an adept in both the Chan and the Tantric traditions.

His books are extremly popular in China and some of his more popular books went into 20th edition in Taiwan. There is no question that his teaching has transformed many young intellectuals and is one of the main forces of genuine buddhist resurgence in China. His books are also well respected by the academicians. In the words of Thomas Cleary, the famous scholar and translator of Chinese cultivation works.”There is no question that Master Nan’s work is a cut above anything else available from modern authors, either academic or sectarian, and I would like to see his work gain its rightful place in the English speaking world. … [His] studies contain broad learning in all three main traditions of Chinese thought, Confucian, Taoist, and Buddhist. Although this comprehensive purview was common to the greatest minds of China since the T’ang dynasty, it is rare among scholars today.”

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.
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.

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