Sutra of Hui-Neng: Grand Master of Zen / Edition 1

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Hui-neng (638–713) is perhaps the most beloved and respected figure in Zen Buddhism. An illiterate woodcutter who attained enlightenment in a flash, he became the Sixth Patriarch of Chinese Zen, and is regarded as the founder of the "Sudden Enlightenment" school. He is the supreme exemplar of the fact that neither education nor social background has any bearing on the attainment of enlightenment. This collection of his talks, also known as the Platform or Altar Sutra, is the only Zen record of its kind to be generally honored with the appellation sutra, or scripture.

The Sutra of Hui-neng is here accompanied by Hui-neng's verse-by-verse commentary on the Diamond Sutra—in its very first published English translation ever.

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"The latest work from a distinguished and prolific translator is a new rendering of a celebrated Zen text, The Sutra of Hui-neng. This comes with what is stated to be the first English translation of Hui-neng's verse-by-verse commentary on the Diamond Sutra."— The Middle Way
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781570623486
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/28/1998
  • Series: Shambhala Dragon Editions Series
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 693,363
  • Product dimensions: 5.95 (w) x 8.94 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 3
Hui-Neng's Commentary on the Diamond Sutra
Preface 85
1 The Cause and Reason of the Teaching Assembly 88
2 Subhuti Initiates Questioning 90
3 The True Source of the Great Vehicle 91
4 Subtle Practice without Dwelling 95
5 Real Seeing in Accord with Truth 97
6 The Rarity of True Faith 98
7 No Attainment and No Preaching 101
8 Emergence into Life through the Truth 103
9 Oneness without Forms 105
10 Adorning a Pure Land 107
11 The Superiority of Uncreated Blessings 109
12 Honoring True Teaching 110
13 Accepting and Holding the Teaching Accurately 111
14 Absolute Peace beyond Forms 114
15 The Virtues of Holding the Sutra 120
16 The Capacity to Clear Away Karmic Obstructions 123
17 Ultimate Selflessness 125
18 Impartial View of Oneness 129
19 The Teaching Pervading the Cosmos of Realities 131
20 Detachment from Forms and Appearances 132
21 Not Preaching a Doctrine 133
22 There Is Nothing to Attain 134
23 Purifying the Mind and Doing Good 135
24 Blessings and Wisdom without Compare 136
25 Teaching without Teaching Anyone 136
26 The Embodiment of Reality Is Not External Appearances 137
27 No Annihilation or Extinction 139
28 Not Accepting, Not Being Greedy 139
29 Serenity of Conduct 140
30 The Principle of the Compound 140
31 Views Do Not Occur 142
32 The Reward and the Emanation Are Not the Real 143
Notes on the Sutra of Hui-Neng 145
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