Readings of the Platform Sutra
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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…
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 2/7/2012
Size: 6.22" wide x 8.15" long x 0.48" tall
|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|