It was strongly influenced by Taoist philosophy , especially Neo-Daoist thought, and developed as a distinct school of Chinese Buddhism. The practice of Buddhist meditation first entered China through the translations of An Shigao fl. Later Chinese Buddhists developed their own meditation manuals and texts, one of the most influential being the works of the Tiantai patriarch, Zhiyi. Often, a square or round cushion placed on a padded mat is used to sit on; in some other cases, a chair may be used.
Zen and the Beat Way
An Introduction to Buddhist Tantra
Tuttle Co. Read the Review Introduction to the Way Beyond the West A little over six years ago , I began a series of radio programs that have been running ever since under the general title Way Beyond the West. I think I may as well give you a short explanation of that title.
The esoteric teachings, secret initiations, and erotic imagery associated with Buddhist tantra have fueled no end of interest. But tantra may not be what you think it is. Countless practices of several Asian religions have been lumped together by western scholars under the heading "tantra. The earliest tantra probably grew out of the Hindu-Vedic tradition.