The Sutra of Hui-neng is here accompanied by Hui-neng's verse-by-verse commentary on the Diamond Sutra—in its very first published English translation ever.
Buddhism is becoming increasingly popular in the United States. With its popularity comes an interest in the history of Buddhism and its early practitioners. Unfortunately, it can be difficult to find such books written in an easy-to-understand manner.
The Wisdom of Huineng, Chinese Buddhist Philosopher: The Platform Sutra and Other Translations, edited and translated by Chu Dongwei, is an exception. Huineng (often spelt Hui-neng or Hui Neng, 638–713) is one of the major Chinese sages. Known as Liuzu, he was the sixth grand master of Chan (Zen) Buddhism. This book consists of an easily accessible translation of The Platform Sutra and the sermons of Shenhui, a disciple that made Huineng’s teaching popular. To provide historical background, Dongwei includes biographies and epitaphs that are rarely found in the English language.
Dongwei’s edition of The Wisdom of Huineng, Chinese Buddhist Philosopher: The Platform Sutra and Other Translations allows readers to strengthen their understanding of Buddhism through the texts of one of its most important figures. There is no longer a need to fear the unknown as you dive into this readable and understandable information source.
"I think the Sixth Patriarch never dreamed that his record... would be explained to Westerners in New York... I feel that I am in a valley between huge mountains, and that the ancient simple minded woodcutters, fisherman, monks and nuns who are living in the mountains have come to the place where they always make their gatherings, and that I am one of them now..."
(Based on audio recordings of lectures given by Master Hua at the Buddhist Lecture Hall in San Francisco, 1968)
„Nu te considera pe tine însuți mai presus de oamenii obișnuiți. Aceia trăiesc suișurile și coborâșurile goanei după faimă și profit, fără a urma vreo cale spirituală. Față de ei trebuie să manifești compasiune, nu să-i disprețuiești sau să-i respingi. Nu formula judecăți comparându-te pe tine cu ei; nu permite minții tale să acumuleze ideea de superior și de inferior. Aceasta este atitudinea pe care o cer pentru a putea pătrunde pe Cale toți sfinții și înțelepții, toți Buddhas-ii și Budhisattvas-ii. Noi trebuie să ne plasăm la nivelul oamenilor obișnuiți, să ne asemuim lor, în timp ce voințele noastre trebuie să urmeze neabătute calea și să descopere minunile ei.“