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Platform Sutra [Hardback]

The Zen Teaching of Hui Neng
Platform Sutra [Hardback]

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Author(s) : Red Pine
Publishers Price : 20.00
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ISBN : 1593760868
EAN : 9781593760861
Cover : Hardback
Pages : 346
Size : 218 x 146mm
Publisher : Shoemaker & Hoard
Published : 2006
Category : Chinese Buddhism
Category 2 : Mahayana Buddhism: General
Synopsis:
A new translation of this classic sutra by Red Pine. The teachings of Hui-neng, the sixth patriarch, who is revered as one of the two great figures in the founding of Ch'an or Zen Buddhism. This sutra occupies a central place in Ch'an Buddhist instruction. It is often linked with the Heart Sutra and the Diamond Sutra to form a trio of texts that have been studied for centuries. However, unlike the other sutras, which transcribe the teachings of the Buddha himself, the Platform Sutra presents the life and work of Hui-neng, the controversial sixth patriarch of Zen, and offers his understanding of the fundamentals of a spiritual and practical life. Hui-neng's instruction still matters - the seventh-century school of Direct Awakening that he founded still flourishes today, continuing to influence the Rinzai and Soto schools of contemporary Zen.

Red Pine, whose translations have been widely received and celebrated, adds remarkable commentary to this translation that, combined with the full text in Chinese language and notes, results in a Mahayana masterpiece sure to become the standard edition. It includes the additional text from chapter seven of the Tsungpao edition which are absent from the Tunhuang editions.
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