The Diamond Sutra and the Sutra of Hui-neng by A. F. Price, Wong Mou-lam

By A. F. Price, Wong Mou-lam

The Diamond Sutra, composed in India within the fourth century CE, is likely one of the such a lot valuable works of Buddhist literature and is the oldest current revealed ebook on the earth. it's referred to as the Diamond Sutra simply because its teachings are acknowledged to be like diamonds that lower away all dualistic notion, liberating one from the attachment to things and bringing one to the additional shore of enlightenment. The structure of this crucial sutra is gifted as a talk among the Buddha and considered one of his disciples. The Sutra of Hui-neng, sometimes called the Platform Sutra, includes the autobiography of a pivotal determine in Zen historical past and a few of the main profound passages of Zen literature. Hui-neng (638–713) used to be the 6th patriarch of Zen in China, yet is usually considered as the genuine father of the Zen culture. He was once a terrible, illiterate woodcutter who's acknowledged to have attained enlightenment upon listening to a recitation of the Diamond Sutra. jointly, those scriptures current the important instructing of the Zen Buddhist culture and are crucial interpreting for all scholars of Buddhism.

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In another attempt, the fierce man-killing elephant Nālāgiri was let loose on the road on which the Buddha was travelling. As the elephant charged, the Buddha calmly stood his ground and suffused the elephant with the power of his 26 An Introduction to Buddhism: Teachings, History and Practices lovingkindness, so that it stopped and bowed its head, letting the Buddha stroke and tame it. In gaining hearers for his message, the Buddha did not always rely on his charisma, reputation and powers of persuasion.

61–3),9 portraying it as arising from a sudden realization rather than from a gradual reflection. 43. 3) has Rāhula being conceived on the night of the renunciation, thus ensuring Gotama’s family line is continued. 22–9), which sees the lives of all Buddhas as following a recurring pattern (dhammatā). 58–9 relates that, on three consecutive days, Gotama visited one of his parks in his chariot. His father had had the streets cleared of unpleasant sights, but the gods ensured that he saw an age-worn man, a sick man and a corpse.

These canons gradually diverged as different floating oral traditions were drawn on, and systematizing texts peculiar to each school were added. Many of the minor differences within and between canons, however, can be seen to be due to the way in which oral traditions always produce several different permutations of essentially the same story or teachings. The early canons contain a section on Vinaya, or monastic discipline, one on Suttas (Skt Sūtras), or ‘discourses’ of the Buddha, and some contain one on Abhidhamma (Skt Abhidharma), or ‘further teachings’, which systematizes the Sutta-teachings in the form of detailed analyses of human experience.

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