The Platform Sutra of the Sixth Patriarch

Language: English

Pages: 212

ISBN: 0231083610

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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 classic. Dr. Yampolsky also furnishes a lengthy and detailed historical introduction that provides the context essential to an understanding of Hui-neng's work.

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152n Kuang-hsiao ssu i-fa t’a-chi, 65 Kuang-hsiao Temple, 20n Kumārata (Indian Patriarch), 8–9, 179 Kuo-en Temple, 74, 83, 85–86, 174 Lang (shih lang), 105 Language, 172–73 Laṅkāvatāra school, 3–23 passim Laṅkāvatāra Sutra, 4, 6, 8, II, 20, 21, 34, 38, 41, 58, 129–30, 159n; four-chüan version, 20 Lao-an, see Hui-an Laymen, practice of, 159–62 Leng-chia jen-fa chih, 16, 18 Leng-chia shih-tzu chi, 3n, 8, 16–17, 19–23, 27, 34, 41, 66 Leng-chia yao-i, 21 Li Ch’ang, 50–51 Li Hua,

edition has recently been issued: Hyŏsong Cho Myŏng-gi Paksa Hwagap Kinyŏm Pulgyo Sahak Nortch’ong [Buddhistic studies presented to Dr. Joh Myong-gi on his sixtieth birthday], 17, 129 pp. For a study of the work, see Shishiyama Kōdō, “Kōrai-ban Sodō-shū to Zenshū koten-seki,” Tōyō gakuen, no. 2 (April, 1933), pp. 23–50. 178 Yanagida, “Tōshi no keifu,” p. 37. 179 Tsu-t’ang chi, I, 65–66. 180 T51, p. 217a. 181 A fragment of this work (S4478) has been identified and published. See Yanagida

engages in a question-and-answer session with the thirteen-year-old acolyte from the Ho-tse Temple, Shen-hui.47 Hui-neng is asked to remain at the Chih-chih Temple, but he expresses the desire to return to the Pao-lin Temple in Ts’ao-ch’i, and is seen off by Yin-tsung and some 3,000 followers. On the fifteenth day of the first month of Shen-lung 1 (= February 13, 705) the Emperor Kao-tsung48 requests Hui-neng to come to court. The proclamation states that famous priests from all over the country

priest mentioned in section 57 is Hui-neng, and that there is thus a contradiction in the text between this section and section 2, which describes Hui-neng’s origins. Sections 55–57, however, seem clearly to be additions to the text, designed to promote the authenticity of Fa-hai’s particular school, or of the priests who succeeded him. I can see no justification for Chan’s assumption. 12 CTW, ch. 915 (XIX, 12032). The editors of Ch’üan T’ang wen have mistakenly followed information concerning

haphazardly assigned to a person who betrays the precepts and has no virtue. A pronouncement to all fellow students: strive to understand the secret meaning. Southern School Sudden Doctrine Platform Sutra of the Supreme Mahāyāna Vehicle, one roll. 1 T’an-ching. The precise meaning of t’an has been a subject of debate. Hu Shih, “An Appeal for a Systematic Search in Japan for Long-hidden T’ang Dynasty Source Materials of the Early History of Zen Buddhism,” Bukkyō to bunka, p. 16, equates the

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