with Myo Denis Lahey
in the City Center dining room
Thursday, April 24, 2014
7:30 - 9 pm
The Platform Sutra, or T’an Ch’ing, of the Sixth Ancestor, also known simply as the Sutra of Hui Neng, is a pivotal work in the history and development of Ch’an or Zen Buddhism in China. It is probably the only work in the Chinese scriptural canon that is of Chinese origin, is not allegedly spoken by Buddha himself, and yet is accorded the status of a sutra, or a direct revelation of the Buddha Word. In it we find many of the characteristics of Ch’an which would come to be identified with that form of Buddha Dharma. It is also striking in the contrasts it exposes between the Ch’an style and more traditional sutra-based teachings.
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, our purpose will be:
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