Readings of the Platform Sutra by Morten Schlütter

Readings of the Platform Sutra

byMorten Schlütter, Stephen F. Teiser

Kobo ebook | March 27, 2012

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This anthology of secondary readings of The Platform Sutra is designed to introduce the undergraduate to one of the most popular and influential Chan (Zen) Buddhist texts. The sutra purportedly contains the teachings of Huineng (638-713), the sixth patriarch of China and the father of the Chan movement. Though recent research suggests that the work has little connection to Huineng, it does date to the eighth century and has had enduring popularity among monastics and the educated elite.

Essays in the book include an overview of Chan Buddhism in China, the importance of The Platform Sutra to the tradition, the figure of Huineng, key concepts in Chan, philosophical ideas in the Platform text, transmission of the tradition, religious ordination and precepts, and the role of The Platform Sutra in the broader context of non-Buddhist Chinese thought. The editors and contributors, including Peter Gregory and Wendi Adamek, are among the most well-respected scholars of Buddhism today. A character glossary and bibliography complete the volume.
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:March 27, 2012Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0231500556

ISBN - 13:9780231500555

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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.