By Morten Schlütter, Stephen F. Teiser
The Platform Sutra includes quite a lot of vital Chan/Zen Buddhist teachings. imagined to comprise the autobiography and sermons of Huineng (638--713), the mythical 6th Patriarch of Chan, the sutra has been renowned between monastics and the trained elite for hundreds of years. the 1st learn of its variety in English, this quantity deals essays that introduce the background and concepts of the sutra to a basic viewers and interpret its practices. prime experts on Buddhism speak about the text's historic history and its vaunted legacy in chinese language tradition.
Incorporating contemporary scholarship and thought, chapters comprise an outline of chinese language Buddhism, the the most important function of the Platform Sutra in the Chan culture, and the dynamics of Huineng's biography. They probe the sutra's key philosophical arguments, its paradoxical teachings approximately transmission, and its place on ordination and different associations. The publication encompasses a personality thesaurus and huge bibliography, with precious references for college students, normal readers, and experts all through. The editors and participants are one of the Most worthy students within the examine of Buddhism, and so they check where of the Platform Sutra within the broader context of chinese language idea, starting the textual content to all readers attracted to Asian tradition, literature, spirituality, and religion.
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38). No longer is Huineng the speaker whose words are simply recorded in the text. 7 This section is framed by a statement that for over forty years Huineng lived at Caoqi, where he taught the people of Shaozhou and Guangzhou, had several thousand pupils, and used the Platform Sūtra as a symbol of the transmission of his teaching. Fahai also invokes the difference between the Northern and Southern lineages of Chan, Shenxiu leading the Northern lineage, Huineng the Southern. The superiority of the Southern lineage is demonstrated immediately thereafter in an episode where a pupil of Shenxiu is shown to have changed his allegiance to Huineng (secs.
Their innate buddhahood. They were then to write a gāthā, a Buddhist verse, and present it to Hongren, who would thereby determine if one of them was enlightened and qualified to become the sole heir to the direct line of mind-to-mind transmission from the Buddha Śākyamuni and to receive Bodhidharma’s robe, which symbolized the position of patriarch. –706) was the only one capable. 4 Shenxiu, however, was concerned that he was not yet qualified and worried that if he wanted to gain the position of patriarch, then that impulse would be self-defeating.
In the construction of these two biographies, both Huineng and Confucius struggled to find acceptance and recognition, both barely avoided assassination and foretold the time of their death, and both had ten main disciples. The biographical patterns noted above were simply a general template, their elements borrowed in a wide range of accounts, including the life of Hongren. ) as found in the Continued Biographies of Eminent Monks (Xu gaoseng zhuan), with which Shenhui was familiar. Sengyai belonged to a hunting tribe from Sichuan, obtained the secret respect of his meditation teacher, received a robe from another teacher, and understood the sūtras despite being illiterate.
Readings of the Platform Sutra (Columbia Readings of Buddhist Literature) by Morten Schlütter, Stephen F. Teiser