Friday, February 13, 2009
News from True Cultivators: Letters to the Venerable Abbot Hua
This book depicts an important period in Master Hsuan Hua's work to introduce Orthodox Chinese-style Buddhism to America, along with previously unknown approaches to Buddhist practice. Embarking on a traditional-type pilgrimage through California, authors Heng Sure and Heng Chau write letters to their master, displaying remarkably un-Buddhistic self-obsession, which makes for sometimes tedious reading. But the letters are juxtaposed with the transcendental wisdom of Master Hua and quotations from the Avatamsaka Sutra. While the 2 monks' spiritual growth is not evident in this volume, they certainly deserve an A for Effort.