with Myo Denis Lahey
in the City Center dining room
Thursday, April 24, 2014
7:30 - 9 pm
The T’an-Ch’ing, or more properly, The Mahaprajñaparamita Sutra of the Direct Teaching of the Southern School of the Supreme Mahayana, occupies a unique place in East Asian Buddhist literature, being virtually the sole canonical text not attributed to Shakyamuni Buddha himself that is accorded the status of “ch’ing” (Skt. sutra, J. kyo), ie, buddhavacanam, the word of Buddha. Like every other example of hagiography, or chronicles of the sacred, the text we have today emerges from the murky background of history trailing the cobwebs of political, social, economic and aesthetic currents that are the results of all human interaction. While this of itself can make for interesting attempts to unearth the “real truth” of the text’s initial, spiritual inspiration, its careful transmission down the generations, and the efforts of all right-thinking people to treat it as the treasure it is, our purpose will be:
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