Cover of The Platform Sutra of the Sixth Patriarch
ISBN: 
1-886439-13-3
Publisher: 
BDK America
Pages: 
169
Publish Date: 
2000
Format: 
Hardcover
Translator(s): 
John R. McRae
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Overview

Here is the record of the life and teachings of Huineng, the influential Sixth Chan (Zen) Patriarch. Complete in one volume. 

"The Buddha-nature needs nothing."
Format: 
Hardcover
9.5 x 6.6 x 0.75
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About

As noted in the Translator's Introduction, this was a text very clearly molded by its specific origins within the early Chan movement. The characters that appear in this important book are literary creations or pious fabrications and not historical figures. But one can argue that that it is the very fictional quality of the text that renders it important, that makes it true. While almost all the details of the text’s charming story are invented, it can be seen as more representative of the deepest religious sensibilities of the Chinese people than a journalistically accurate account could have ever been. We know that the text was enthusiastically adopted by centuries of Chinese Buddhists.

 

Taishō 2008

Volume 48

The Platform Sutra of the Sixth Patriarch

The Platform Sutra of the Sixth Patriarch consists of a record of the teachings of Hui-neng, the Sixth Patriarch of the Chan School in China, recorded by his disciple Fahai, and is known by several abbreviated titles such as Platform Sūtra or Platform Sūtra of the Dharma Treasure. It proclaims the independence of the Southern School of Chan from the Northern School on such subjects as "sudden enlightenment" (Ch. dun-wu) and the external expression of one’s real nature (Ch. jian-xing).

Source
Ch. Liuzu dashi fabao tan jing (六祖大師法寶壇經), Compiled in the Chinese by Zong-bao, as recorded by Fa-hai et al. 1 fascicle.

Table of Contents

A Message on the Publication of the English Tripiṭaka    NUMATA Yehan    v
Editorial Foreword    MAYEDA Sengaku    vii
Publisher’s Foreword    Francis H. Cook    ix
Translator’s Introduction     John R. McRae    xiii
A Note on Interpolated Material xvii


The Platform Sutra of the Sixth Patriarch
Preface to the Platform Sutra of the Dharma Treasure of the Great Master, the Sixth Patriarch 3
Encomium of the Platform Sutra of the Dharma Treasure of the Great Master, the Sixth Patriarch 7

[Text of] Platform Sutra of the Dharma Treasure of the Great Master, the Sixth Patriarch

Number One: Account of Origins 17
Number Two: Prajnā 27
Number Three: Questions 36
Number Four: Meditation and Wisdom 41
Number Five: Seated Meditation 45
Number Six: Repentance 46
Number Seven: Encounters 53
Number Eight: Sudden and Gradual 71
Number Nine: Proclamations 79
Number Ten: Transmission 81

Appendix

An Additional Record of the Story of the Great Master, the Sixth Patriarch 95
Details of Accolades through the Dynasties 99
Epitaph on the Bequest of the Posthumous Title
“Chan Master Great Mirror” 100
Epitaph for Chan Master Great Mirror 103
Inscription on the Robe of the Buddha (with Introduction) 105
Epilogue 108


Notes 111
Glossary 125
Bibliography 129
Index 131
A List of the Volumes of the BDK English Tripiṭaka (First Series) 145

 

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