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Diamond Sutra And The Sutra Of Hui-Neng, The : Shambhala Classics - Wong Mou-Lam

Diamond Sutra And The Sutra Of Hui-Neng, The

Shambhala Classics

Paperback Published: 8th November 2005
ISBN: 9781590301371
Number Of Pages: 166

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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 (638–713) 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.

The Diamond sutra
Forewordp. 3
The convocation of the assemblyp. 17
Subhuti makes a requestp. 18
The real teaching of the great wayp. 19
Even the most beneficent practices are relativep. 20
Understanding the ultimate principle of realityp. 21
Rare is true faithp. 22
Great ones, perfect beyond learning, utter no words of teachingp. 24
The fruits of meritorious actionp. 25
Real designation is undesignatep. 26
Setting forth pure landsp. 28
The superiority of unformulated truthp. 29
Veneration of the true doctrinep. 30
How this teaching should be received and retainedp. 31
Perfect peace lies in freedom from characteristic distinctionsp. 32
The incomparable value of this teachingp. 35
Purgation through suffering the retribution for past sinsp. 36
No one attains transcendental wisdomp. 37
All modes of mind are really only mindp. 39
Absolute reality is the only foundationp. 40
The unreality of phenomenal distinctionsp. 41
Words cannot express truth; that which words express is not truthp. 42
It cannot be said that anything is attainablep. 43
The practice of good works purifies the mindp. 44
The incomparable merit of this teachingp. 45
The illusion of egop. 46
The body of truth has no marksp. 47
It is erroneous to affirm that all things are ever extinguishedp. 48
Attachment to rewards of meritp. 49
Perfect tranquillityp. 50
The integral principlep. 51
Conventional truth should be cut offp. 52
The delusion of appearancesp. 53
The sutra of Hui-Neng
Forewordp. 57
Forewordsp. 58
Forewordp. 61
Autobiographyp. 67
On Prajnap. 79
Questions and answersp. 88
Samadhi and Prajnap. 94
Dhyanap. 98
On repentancep. 100
Temperament and circumstancesp. 109
The sudden school and the gradual schoolp. 129
Royal patronagep. 138
His final instructionsp. 142
Appendixp. 155
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ISBN: 9781590301371
ISBN-10: 1590301374
Series: Shambhala Classics
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 166
Published: 8th November 2005
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.3  x 1.3
Weight (kg): 0.25
Edition Number: 1

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