9781590301371

Diamond Sutra and the Sutra of Hui-Neng

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    9781590301371

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    1590301374

  • Format: Trade Paper
  • Copyright: 2005-11-08
  • Publisher: Shambhala
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Summary

The Diamond Sutra, composed in India in the fourth century CE, is one of the most treasured works of Buddhist literature and is the oldest existing printed book in the world. It is known as the Diamond Sutra because its teachings are said to be like diamonds that cut away all dualistic thought, releasing one from the attachment to objects and bringing one to the further shore of enlightenment. 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 (638713) 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 teaching of the Zen Buddhist tradition and are essential reading for all students of Buddhism.

Table of Contents

THE DIAMOND SUTRA
Foreword
3(8)
W. Y. Evans-Wentz
Translator's Preface
11(6)
The Convocation of the Assembly
17(1)
Subhuti Makes a Request
18(1)
The Real Teaching of the Great Way
19(1)
Even the Most Beneficent Practices Are Relative
20(1)
Understanding the Ultimate Principle of Reality
21(1)
Rare Is True Faith
22(2)
Great Ones, Perfect Beyond Learning, Utter No Words of Teaching
24(1)
The Fruits of Meritorious Action
25(1)
Real Designation Is Undesignate
26(2)
Setting Forth Pure Lands
28(1)
The Superiority of Unformulated Truth
29(1)
Veneration of the True Doctrine
30(1)
How This Teaching Should Be Received and Retained
31(1)
Perfect Peace Lies in Freedom from Characteristic Distinctions
32(3)
The Incomparable Value of This Teaching
35(1)
Purgation through Suffering the Retribution for Past Sins
36(1)
No One Attains Transcendental Wisdom
37(2)
All Modes of Mind Are Really Only Mind
39(1)
Absolute Reality Is the Only Foundation
40(1)
The Unreality of Phenomenal Distinctions
41(1)
Words Cannot Express Truth; That Which Words Express Is Not Truth
42(1)
It Cannot Be Said That Anything Is Attainable
43(1)
The Practice of Good Works Purifies the Mind
44(1)
The Incomparable Merit of This Teaching
45(1)
The Illusion of Ego
46(1)
The Body of Truth Has No Marks
47(1)
It Is Erroneous to Affirm That All Things Are Ever Extinguished
48(1)
Attachment to Rewards of Merit
49(1)
Perfect Tranquillity
50(1)
The Integral Principle
51(1)
Conventional Truth Should Be Cut Off
52(1)
The Delusion of Appearances
53(14)
THE SUTRA OF HUI-NENG
Foreword
57(1)
Dih Ping-tsze
Forewords
58(3)
Christmas Humphreys
Foreword
61(2)
Joe Miller
Translator's Preface
63(4)
Autobiography
67(12)
On Prajna
79(9)
Questions and Answers
88(6)
Samadhi and Prajna
94(4)
Dhyana
98(2)
On Repentance
100(9)
Temperament and Circumstances
109(20)
The Sudden School and the Gradual School
129(9)
Royal Patronage
138(4)
His Final Instructions
142(13)
Appendix by Ling-t'ao, the Stupa Keeper 155(2)
Notes 157

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