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The platform sutra : the Zen teaching of Hui-neng by Red Pine

By Red Pine

The Platform Sutra occupies a significant position in Zen (Ch'an) Buddhist guideline for college kids and religious seekers world wide. it's always associated with The center Sutra and The Diamond Sutra to shape a trio of texts which have been respected and studied for hundreds of years. notwithstanding, in contrast to the opposite sutras, which transcribe the lessons of the Buddha himself, The Platform Sutra provides the autobiography of Hui-neng, the debatable sixth Patriarch of Zen, and his figuring out of the basics of a religious and sensible lifestyles. Hui-neng's guideline nonetheless issues — the 7th-century institution of unexpected Awakening that he based survives this day, carrying on with to persuade the Rinzai and Soto faculties of up to date Zen.
Red Pine, whose translations of The center Sutra and The Diamond Sutra were celebrated and generally bought, now offers a delicate and warranted remedy of the 3rd and ultimate sutra of the vintage triumvirate. He provides notable observation to a translation that, mixed with the entire chinese language textual content, a word list, and notes, ends up in a Mahayana masterpiece guaranteed to turn into the normal version for college students and seekers alike.

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The Master said, “Fa-ta, this is the Lotus Sutra’s teaching of One Vehicle, which it then divides into three for the sake of deluded people. ” The Master said, “Fa-ta, when your mind practices, it reads the Lotus. When it doesn’t practice, the Lotus does the reading. When your mind is true, it reads the Lotus. When your mind is false, the Lotus does the reading. When you develop the understanding of a buddha, you read the Lotus. ” As Fa-ta heard these words, he suddenly experienced a great realization.

When it doesn’t practice, the Lotus does the reading. When your mind is true, it reads the Lotus. When your mind is false, the Lotus does the reading. When you develop the understanding of a buddha, you read the Lotus. ” As Fa-ta heard these words, he suddenly experienced a great realization. His eyes wet with tears, he said, “Master, I have never truly read the Lotus. For seven years I have been read by the sutra. ” No one present on that occasion failed to experience an awakening. 43. One time a monk named Chih-ch’ang came to Tsaohsi Mountain.

I’ll tell you. ’ How is this teaching to be understood? And how is this teaching to be practiced? Listen, and I will tell you. When a person’s mind has no thoughts and is fundamentally empty and still and free of false views, this is the greatest of all causes—which occurs when you aren’t confused about the inside or the outside, when you are free of dualities. If you’re confused about the outside, you’re attached to forms. If you’re confused about the inside, you’re attached to emptiness. To be free of form amid forms and to be free of emptiness amid emptiness, this is when you aren’t confused about the inside or the outside.

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