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~E-pub ♷ The Platform Sutra of the Sixth Patriarch ♬ 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 ClassicPhillip 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 VolumeDr 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
Edit traditionally ascribed to Huineng or his disciple Shenhui Yampolsky s got some great introductory material on sources and manuscripts, etc AND, in the back, it comes with a critical Dunhuang manuscript in the Chinese, so you can chant with your friends. The Platform Sutra is one of the basic texts of the Chinese Zen school of Buddhist practice As such it s regarded as sacred by some adherents who may not appreciate the book being subjected to the methods of historico critical analysis that we find in this book It s a very scholarly work even containing in an appendix a copy of the complete Chinese text of the Tun huang version of the sutra It s not a book for the casual reader or the non casual reader who happens to be in a casual mood But for that relatively small sub set of the human race whose members are fascinated with the history, religion, and metaphysics of Tang dynasty China, this book is a must I think it s the standard by which all other studies of the Platform Sutra will be measured. This book is also called The Platform Sutra of the Sixth Patriarch, since Hui Neng was the sixth and last Patriarch of Zen Chan Buddhism in China He chose not to name a successor It is a collection of lectures he gave and conversations he had, compiled I don t know when Hui Neng himself was illiterate The message actually seems really similar to the modern Zen book I read, The Three Pillars of Zen Hui Neng is from the Tang dynasty remember that Buddha nature is you, don t start thinking that a program of behavior or a ritual is a substitute for experience of Buddha nature, don t let concepts mislead you It s a short book. The creator of the golden age of zen, which exists pretty much intact to this day, Hui Neng s Platform Sutra is as good as it gets He saw the state of spirituality of his time, men in caves meditating and shutting off the entire world, immune to pain, anger, hunger, and saw the contradiction of this if these men were buddha s, they were what he called stone buddhas , like a statue A truly enlightened man is one who is TRULY human Good friends, some people teach men to sit viewing the mind and viewing purity, not moving and not activating the mind, and to thsi they devote their efforts Deluded people do not realize that this is wrong, cling to this doctrine,and become confused There are many such people Those who instruct in this way are, from the outset, greatly mistaken in this teaching fro the outset sitting in meditation does not concern the mind nor does it concern purity we do not talk of steadfasteness If someone speaks of viewing the mind , then I would say that the mind is of itself delusion, and as delusions are just like fantasies, there is nothing to be seen If someone speaks of viewing purity , then i would say that man s nature is of itself pure, but because of false thoughts True Reality is obscured If you exclude delusions then the origina nature reveals its purity If you activate your mind to view purity without realizing that your own nature is originally pure, delusions of purity will be produced Since this delusion has no place to exist, then you know that whatever you see is nothing but delusion Purity has no form, but, nonetheless, some people try to postulate the form of purity and consider this to be Ch an zen practice People who hold this view obstruct their own original natures and end up being bound by purity One who practices steadfastness does not see the faults of people everywhere This is the steadfastness of self nature The deluded man, however, even if he doesn t move his own body, will talk of the good and bad of others the moment he opens his mouth, and thus behave in opposition to the Tao Therefore, both viewing the mind and viewing purity will cause an obstruction to Tao Hui neng, a peasant farmer who never learned to read and awakened when hearing the Diamond Sutra recited while fetching something in town as a boy, speaks with simple clarity that makes the unravelling of our squirrel cage of a mind seem one of common sense and practicality, rather than one of divine fortune Zen, after all, is not supposed to be concerned with the philosophy, but the practice Methods that may seem plain, but are effective. This was far too scholarly for me i m looking for spiritual guidance vs theoretical buddhism or I m just not there yet This is a scholarly translation of one of the key texts of early Chan Zen in China, with extensive introductory material that explains the historical, textual, and doctrinal context of the manuscript Philip Yampolsky is the translator and author of the introductory material, and he s incredibly well versed in the literature and languages required The book is academic, so it isn t an easy read It makes a compelling case, however, that Chan was rife with factional battles from the very start, and the elevation of the Platform Sutra as a canonical text a sutra was undoubtedly the result of later maneuvering and mythologizing, by Chan teachers who had an interest in discrediting other lineages In fact, the first six patriarchs are largely mythical, according to this reading Also, the text is quite a hodgepodge, so Yampolsky s analysis makes a good case that this is in no way a transcription of whatever Hui Neng might have said, but rather a later compilation derived from several sources.I read this book in grad school, and recently re read it because A grad school was so long ago I d forgotten most of it, and B I came across some Zen debates on Reddit r zen and wanted to inform myself better. Only Red Pine can combine impeccable scholarship with englightened wit in such a way that tells both the story of the unlikeliest Sixth Patriarch of Zen Chan Buddhism in the most readable prose while also reverantly transmitting Hui Neng important teachings Sheer brilliance by a translator and sheer delight for the reader I ll cherish my heavily annotated copy for the rest of my life. It feels weird assigning a rating to a book that enjoins you to abandon preferences, butwhat the hell THE PLATFORM SUTRA OF HUI NENG contains some true gems of instruction The consistent theme is that we must each work to discover our own buddha nature no one can do this work for us The text itself, however, declines in quality after the main section, as it consists mainly of sectarian material added after Hui neng s death to defend his Southern School teaching against that of Shen Hsiu s Northern School What was that about preferences While Red Pine Bill Porter s commentary is generally excellent, the multiple sources for the PLATFORM SUTRA contain numerous discrepancies and conflicts, forcing Mr Porter to squander space explaining the textual variations This material is chiefly of interest to scholars, not practitioners. Your enlightened nature is originally pure Just use this mind, and you will at once become a buddha We meditate to realize the mind Through realizing the mind we see our true nature To see our true nature is to experience its emptiness, our ineffable unity with all beings and all things Our own buddha nature.