The Platform Sutra of the Sixth Patriarch / Edition 6by Philip Yampolsky, Philip B. (Translator) Yampolsky, Philip B. Yampolsky
Pub. Date: 03/15/1978
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Phillip B. Yampolsky has based his translation on the Tun-huang manuscript, the earliest extant version of the/i>
The Platform Sutra records the teachings of Hui-neng, the Sixth Patriarch, who is revered as one of the two great figures in the founding of Ch'an (Zen) Buddhism. This translation is the definitive English version of the eighth-century Ch'an classic.
Phillip B. Yampolsky has based his translation on the Tun-huang manuscript, the earliest extant version of the work. A critical edition of the Chinese text is given at the end of the volume.
Dr. Yampolsky also furnishes a lengthy and detailed historical introduction which contains much information hitherto unavailable even to scholars, and provides the context essential to an understanding of Hui-neng's work. He gives an account of the history and legends of Ch'an Buddhism, with particular attention to the traditions associated with Hui-neng, quoting or summarizing the most important narratives. He then discusses the various texts of the Platform Sutra, and analyzes its contents.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Ch'an in the Eighth CenturyI. The Formation of the LegendThe Lankavatara SchoolShen-huiII. The Birth of a Patriarch: Biography of Hui-nengIII. The Making of a Book: The Platform SutraIV. Content AnalysisThe Platform Sutra of the Sixth PatriarchThe Tun-Huang Text
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