Readings of the Platform Sutra by Morten Schlütter

Readings of the Platform Sutra

byMorten Schlütter, Stephen Teiser

Kobo ebook | February 7, 2012

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The Platform Sutra comprises a wide range of important Chan/Zen Buddhist teachings. Purported to contain the autobiography and sermons of Huineng (638–713), the legendary Sixth Patriarch of Chan, the sutra has been popular among monastics and the educated elite for centuries. The first study of its kind in English, this volume offers essays that introduce the history and ideas of the sutra to a general audience and interpret its practices. Leading specialists on Buddhism discuss the text's historical background and its vaunted legacy in Chinese culture.

Incorporating recent scholarship and theory, chapters include an overview of Chinese Buddhism, the crucial role of the Platform Sutra in the Chan tradition, and the dynamics of Huineng's biography. They probe the sutra's key philosophical arguments, its paradoxical teachings about transmission, and its position on ordination and other institutions. The book includes a character glossary and extensive bibliography, with helpful references for students, general readers, and specialists throughout. The editors and contributors are among the most respected scholars in the study of Buddhism, and they assess the place of the Platform Sutra in the broader context of Chinese thought, opening the text to all readers interested in Asian culture, literature, spirituality, and religion.

Morten Schlütter is an associate professor at the University of Iowa and the author of How Zen Became Zen: The Dispute Over Enlightenment and the Formation of Chan Buddhism in Song-Dynasty China.Stephen F. Teiser is D. T. Suzuki Professor in Buddhist Studies at Princeton University. His recent books include Readings of the Lotus Sut...
Title:Readings of the Platform SutraFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:February 7, 2012Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0231500556

ISBN - 13:9780231500555


Table of Contents

1. Introduction: The Platform S?tra, Buddhism, and Chinese Religion
2. The Figure of Huineng
3. The History and Practice of Early Chan
4. The Sudden Teaching
5. Transmitting Notions of Transmission
6. Ordination and Precepts in the Platform S?tra
7. The Platform S?tra and Chinese Thought
Character Glossary

Editorial Reviews

this volume delivers highly readable essays particularly suited for undergraduate courses.