Yin-Shun's work provides a resource to look deeply into the tradition of Buddhism. In only a few hundred pages, he outlines the reason for seeking refuge in the teachings of the Buddha, fundmamental views of Buddhism, varying traditions of Buddhist doctrine, the different methods of practice, and uses countless examples to illuminate the insight that all the teachings as a whole can bring. In a straightfoward and impartial manner, Yin-Shun clearly writes of the strengths and weaknesses of varying approaches to the Buddhadharma, the beneficial effects of practice and harmful effects of common misconceptions and misguided practice.
It seems that every corner of Buddhism is touched upon, to provide solid direction for the interested person or the advanced practicioner.
His writings are so clear and deep, that I held my head in awe of the understanding and compassion of the Dharma. If anything, this book can inspire a sense of humility and respect for the suffering of ourselves and others, of which we can learn to liberate with the direct experience of realization guided by the helpful teachings of compassionate leaders like Yin-Shun.
The only thing I can add to Gimello's expert opinion of Yin-Shun's scholarship is that his learning is penetrated with the deep and numerous insights that come only from dedicated and knowledgeable practice.