By Dale S. Wright

ISBN-10: 0195150678

ISBN-13: 9780195150674

Bodhidharma, its first patriarch, apparently stated that Zen Buddhism represents "a targeted transmission open air the teaching/Without reliance on phrases and letters." This asserting, besides the usually puzzling use of language (and silence) via Zen masters, gave upward thrust to the proposal that Zen is a "lived religion" established strictly on perform. This choice of formerly unpublished essays argues that Zen really has a wealthy and sundry literary historical past. one of the most important texts are hagiographic bills and recorded sayings of person Zen masters, koan collections and commentaries, and principles for monastic existence. This quantity deals realized but available reports of a few of crucial classical Zen texts, together with a few that experience obtained little scholarly recognition (and many who are available in simple terms to specialists). each one essay presents old, literary, and philosophical statement on a selected textual content or style.

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The meaning is: No remembering and no thought are the real. Remembering thoughts is the unreal, [so] remembering thoughts is not allowed. Therefore, they say “do not [allow the] unreal” [rather than the original Ching-chung formulation “do not forget”]. Moreover, their idea in reviling all the laksfianfi as of the teachings lies in extinguishing vikalpa and [manifesting] the completely real. Therefore, in their dwellings they do not discuss food and clothing, but leave it to people to send offerings.

The Subcommentary relates: “Bound by neither the teachings nor praxes and extinguishing vijn˜a¯na” is the third house. At its beginning it is also an offshoot from the fifth patriarch [Hung-jen], through Preceptor “Old Mother” An. An was his given name. At sixty years of age he left home and received the precepts. When he expired sixty summers later, he was one hundred twenty years old. ” He was honored as a master by the Noble Empress [Wu] Tse-t’ien. His power in the path was deep and thick, his determination and integrity singular.

We know the title of this lost treasure: Collection of Expressions of the Zen Source (Ch’an-yuan chu-ch’uan chi; abbreviated as Zen Canon). 7 P’ei meant that the Zen Canon was nothing less than a wholly new section of the Buddhist canon, a Zen addition to the traditional three pitakas. In doing this, Tsung-mi strove to bring Zen books into the Buddhist canon. Although the Zen canon itself has been lost to us, his efforts did eventually come to fruition. The standard modern scholarly edition of the Chinese Buddhist canon, the Taisho¯ canon, includes a substantial selection of Zen books in two of its first fifty-five volumes.

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