To be published by Shambhala Publications on October 31, 2023. Pre-order now by clicking here. Use the discount code ILLUMINATION30 for 30% off listed price.
Listed as one of the “new books to confront a world of suffering” by Publishers Weekly.
“Rebecca Li’s teachings are deep, lucid, and accessible. She helps undo the habits blocking realization of our naturally radiant, awake being.” —Tara Brach, author of Radical Acceptance
“In Illumination, Rebecca Li offers a beautiful expression of the profound path of Chan Buddhism introduced to her by her root teacher, Chan Master Sheng Yen. These clear yet powerful teachings are for anyone looking to deeply engage in an authentic path of liberation. Li’s deep embodiment of these teachings along with her skillfulness as a teacher and lineage holder have produced a text that will be appreciated for years to come.” —Lama Rod Owens, author of Love and Rage
“Silent Illumination provides a way of delving into the thoughts and emotions that arise in us with a curiosity and acceptance that is spacious and freeing. Li guides readers through this practice with precision and grace, encouraging a deep appreciation for the humanity that exists in direct lived experience.” —Sharon Salzberg, author of Real Change
“An invaluable guide for both Dharma students and Dharma teachers. Dr. Li shares the insights she has developed as the Dharma granddaughter of, and longtime translator for, the renowned Chan Master Sheng Yen. With a lucid writing style, she clarifies the practice of Silent Illumination (shikantaza in the Japanese tradition) and outlines the potential snares that are encountered on the path to awakening, as well as the remedies. Each chapter illuminates mind habits that cause difficulty to earnest meditation students, including craving mode (striving for enlightenment), aversion mode (trying to eliminate thoughts completely), trance mode (cultivating a peaceful but foggy mind state), intellectualization mode (substituting concepts for direct experience), quietism mode (dwelling in a cave of no thoughts), and forgetting-emptiness mode (belief in someplace to arrive at and dwell in).This book is certain to have lasting value as Dharma practice continues to unfold in the West.” —Roshi Jan Chozen Bays, co-abbot of Great Vow Zen Monastery and author of Mindful Medicine and Mindfulness on the Go
“Rebecca Li’s Illumination is a luminous guide to a profoundly positive approach to living. One feels her trust in the natural goodness of her readers, and in their ability to know it themselves. She elegantly weds the ancient teachings on Silent Illumination to contemporary life, and her own wise voice with the voices of her teachers, including the venerable Chan Master Sheng Yen.” —Ben Connelly, Soto Zen priest and author of Inside Vasubandhu’s Yogacara and Mindfulness and Intimacy
“As a young meditation student, Rebecca Li was told by her teacher, Master Sheng Yen, that she would help a lot of people. She is certainly doing that. In this timely and beautiful book—coming at a moment of deep complexity in our world—Rebecca offers us an essential practice and an important reminder: meditation at its core, rather than being a process of striving and elimination, can be a transformative practice of bringing openhearted curiosity to the totality of our moment-to-moment experience just as it is. She reminds us that the capacity to sit with full and openhearted attention is already the fruit of the practice that we have been so desperately striving for. Illumination is a treasure of the heart that you will return to again and again as you walk your path. I know I certainly will.” —Brother Phap Hai, Senior Dharma Teacher in the lineage of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh and author of The Eight Realizations of Great Beings
“How can we cultivate moment-to-moment clarity to experience the peace that is always available to us, no matter what is happening? This book is like warm-hearted encouragement and support from a trusted friend who travels with us on the path of spiritual transformation.” —Mushim Patricia Ikeda, Buddhist teacher and author