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The Platform Sutra

The Zen Teaching of Hui-neng

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November 11, 2008 | Paperback |  5.5 x 8.2, 352 Pages | ISBN 9781593761776
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“More than translations, Porter’s books evoke a way of life.” —Seattle Times

The Platform Sutra occupies a central place in Zen (Ch’an) Buddhist instruction for students and spiritual seekers worldwide. It is often linked with The Heart Sutra and The Diamond Sutra to form a trio of texts that have been revered and studied for centuries. However, unlike the other sutras, which transcribe the teachings of the Buddha himself, The Platform Sutra presents the life and work of Hui-neng, the controversial sixth Patriarch of Zen, and his understanding of the fundamentals of a spiritual and practical life. Hui-neng’s instruction still matters–the seventh-century school of Direct Awakening that he founded flourishes today, continuing to influence the Rinzai and Soto schools of contemporary Zen. Red Pine offers a sensitive, straightforward, and solid translation of this vital Buddhist text. His remarkable insight and commentary provide a guiding hand for seekers and students alike in their quest for dharma.

About Red Pine

RED PINE (Bill Porter) was born in Los Angeles in 1943, and he lived in China for many years. Previous works he has translated into English include The Diamond Sutra, Tao Te Ching, Guide to Capturing a Plum Blossom, The Zen Works of Stonehouse, and Collected Songs of Cold Mountain. He lives in Port Townsend, Washington.


Winner of the 2018 Thornton Wilder Prize for Translation

“More than translations, Porter’s books evoke a way of life.” —Seattle Times

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