The Diamond Sutra and the Sutra of Hui-Neng

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The Diamond Sutra, composed in Indian in the fourth century C.E., is one of the most treasured works of Buddhist literature and is the oldest existing printed book in the world. The format of this important sutra is presented as a conversation between the Buddha and one of his disciples. The Sutra of Hui-neng, also known as the Platform Sutra, contains the autobiography of a pivotal figure in Zen history and some of the most profound passages of Zen literature. Hui-neng (638-713) was the sixth patriarch of Zen in...
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Overview

The Diamond Sutra, composed in Indian in the fourth century C.E., is one of the most treasured works of Buddhist literature and is the oldest existing printed book in the world. The format of this important sutra is presented as a conversation between the Buddha and one of his disciples. The Sutra of Hui-neng, also known as the Platform Sutra, contains the autobiography of a pivotal figure in Zen history and some of the most profound passages of Zen literature. Hui-neng (638-713) was the sixth patriarch of Zen in China, but is often regarded as the true father of the Zen tradition. He was a poor, illiterate woodcutter who is said to have attained enlightenment upon hearing a recitation of the Diamond Sutra. Together, these two scriptures present the central teachings of the Zen Buddhist tradition and are essential reading for all students of Buddhism.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780394730196
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/12/1974

Table of Contents

The Diamond sutra
Foreword 3
1 The convocation of the assembly 17
2 Subhuti makes a request 18
3 The real teaching of the great way 19
4 Even the most beneficent practices are relative 20
5 Understanding the ultimate principle of reality 21
6 Rare is true faith 22
7 Great ones, perfect beyond learning, utter no words of teaching 24
8 The fruits of meritorious action 25
9 Real designation is undesignate 26
10 Setting forth pure lands 28
11 The superiority of unformulated truth 29
12 Veneration of the true doctrine 30
13 How this teaching should be received and retained 31
14 Perfect peace lies in freedom from characteristic distinctions 32
15 The incomparable value of this teaching 35
16 Purgation through suffering the retribution for past sins 36
17 No one attains transcendental wisdom 37
18 All modes of mind are really only mind 39
19 Absolute reality is the only foundation 40
20 The unreality of phenomenal distinctions 41
21 Words cannot express truth; that which words express is not truth 42
22 It cannot be said that anything is attainable 43
23 The practice of good works purifies the mind 44
24 The incomparable merit of this teaching 45
25 The illusion of ego 46
26 The body of truth has no marks 47
27 It is erroneous to affirm that all things are ever extinguished 48
28 Attachment to rewards of merit 49
29 Perfect tranquillity 50
30 The integral principle 51
31 Conventional truth should be cut off 52
32 The delusion of appearances 53
The sutra of Hui-Neng
Foreword 57
Forewords 58
Foreword 61
1 Autobiography 67
2 On Prajna 79
3 Questions and answers 88
4 Samadhi and Prajna 94
5 Dhyana 98
6 On repentance 100
7 Temperament and circumstances 109
8 The sudden school and the gradual school 129
9 Royal patronage 138
10 His final instructions 142
Appendix 155
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