The Lankavatara Sutra: Translation and Commentary [NOOK Book]

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Having translated The Diamond Sutra and The Heart Sutra, and following with The Platform Sutra, Red Pine now turns his attention to perhaps the greatest Sutra of all. The Lankavatara Sutra is the holy grail of Zen. Zen’s First Patriarch, Bodhidharma, gave a copy of this text to his successor, Hui-k’o, and told him everything he needed to know was in this book. Passed down from teacher to student ever since, this is the only Zen sutra ever spoken by the Buddha. Although it covers all the major teachings of ...
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Overview

Having translated The Diamond Sutra and The Heart Sutra, and following with The Platform Sutra, Red Pine now turns his attention to perhaps the greatest Sutra of all. The Lankavatara Sutra is the holy grail of Zen. Zen’s First Patriarch, Bodhidharma, gave a copy of this text to his successor, Hui-k’o, and told him everything he needed to know was in this book. Passed down from teacher to student ever since, this is the only Zen sutra ever spoken by the Buddha. Although it covers all the major teachings of Mahayana Buddhism, it contains but two teachings: that everything we perceive as being real is nothing but the perceptions of our own mind and that the knowledge of this is something that must be realized and experienced for oneself and cannot be expressed in words. In the words of Chinese Zen masters, these two teachings became known as “have a cup of tea” and “taste the tea.”

This is the first translation into English of the original text used by Bodhidharma, which was the Chinese translation made by Gunabhadra in 443 and upon which all Chinese Zen masters have relied ever since.
In addition to presenting one of the most difficult of all Buddhist texts in clear English, Red Pine has also added summaries, explanations and notes, including relevant Sanskrit terms on the basis of which the Chinese translation was made. This promises to become an essential text for anyone seeking to deepen their understanding or knowledge of Zen.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781619020368
  • Publisher: Counterpoint Press
  • Publication date: 2/1/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 427,157
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Red Pine (Bill Porter) was born in Los Angeles in 1943 and attended graduate school at Columbia University. An acclaimed translator, his published works include three major Buddhist texts: The Platform Sutra, The Diamond Sutra, and The Heart Sutra. He is also the author of Zen Baggage, Road to Heaven: Encounters with Chinese Hermits. Red Pine has lived in Taiwan and Hong Kong, and has traveled extensively in China, visiting Zen temples and seeking out hermits. He lives in Port Townsend, Washington.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2012

    Readable and well annotated

    American Buddhist writer and autodidact Red Pine provides a readable and well annotated modern translation of an important and philosophically difficult text of the meditation school of Buddhism, based on Chinese translations and compared with the Sanskrit, with a credible explanation of what it means. He thinks the dominant forms of Buddhist practice are "Zen, Pure Land, Tantric, Vipassana," a particularly 20th-century British or US view.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2014

    I cannot recommend this book enough! If you practice Buddhism, e

    I cannot recommend this book enough! If you practice Buddhism, especially Zen, read the Lankavatara Sutra. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2013

    The greatest bed I have ever read

    Wisdom that will never be exceeded.

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