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I know this is somewhat late, but better than never.Not having ever studied Chen Yen, I cannot comment on her approach. The idea that all meditation should be self-indulgent I find strange. I’m sure some people do meditate for self improvement ,and maybe they need to, who knows. the long tradition of meditation in the various Buddhist schools has always been understood as an important element of the “raft” to traverse samsara.It is a skilful means and also a wonderful way to study the self. And as Dogen said “to study the self is to forget the self and be awakened by all things”