Readings of the Platform Sutra

ISBN-10: 0231158211
ISBN-13: 9780231158213
Edition: 2012
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Book details

List price: $30.00
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 2/7/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 232
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

The Platform Sutra is a central text of the Chinese Buddhist school of Chan (Japanese: Zen), introducing the reader to a full range of important knowledge. Purported to contain the teachings of Huineng (638--713), the legendary Sixth Patriarch of Chan, the sutra has been popular among monastics and the educated elite for centuries. The first study of its kind in English, this volume introduces the history and ideas of the sutra to general readers and interprets its practices. Leading specialists on Buddhism discuss the text's historical background and its vaunted legacy in Chinese culture.Incorporating recent scholarship and theory, chapters include an overview of Chinese Buddhism, the crucial role of the Platform Sutra in the Chan tradition, and the dynamics of Huineng's biography. They probe the sutra's key philosophical arguments, its paradoxical teaching about transmission, and its position on ordination and other institutions. The book includes a character glossary and extensive bibliography, with helpful references for students and teachers throughout. The editors and contributors are among the most respected scholars in the study of Buddhism, and the book assesses the place of the Platform Sutra in the broader context of Chinese thought, opening the text to all readers interested in Asian culture, literature, spirituality, and religion.

Preface
Introduction: The Platform Sutra, Buddhism, and Chinese Religion
The Figure of Huineng
The History and Practice of Early Chan
The Platform Sutra as the Sudden Teaching
Transmitting Notions of Transmission
Ordination and Precepts in the Platform Sutra
The Platform Sutra and Chinese Philosophy
Character Glossary
Bibliography
Contributors
Index

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