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Readings of the Platform Sutra

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ISBN-10: 0231158211

ISBN-13: 9780231158213

Edition: 2012

Authors: Morten Schl�tter, Stephen F. Teiser

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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…    
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Book details

Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 2/7/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.770
Language: English

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