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Sun-Face Buddha: The Teachings of Ma-Tsu and the Hung-Chou School of Ch’an

By Cheng Chien Bhikshu Cheng Chien Bhikshu

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A translation of the primary materials on the life and teachings of Ma-Tsu (709-788), the successor to the great sixth patriarch and the greatest Ch'an master in history, Hui-Neng (638-713). The book should be invaluable to all who wish to study the development of the Zen thought and philosophy over the course of history.

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Ma-tsu (709-788) The Patriarch said to the assembly, “All of you should believe that your mind is Buddha, that this mind is identical with Buddha. The great master Bodhidharma came from... View Journal Entry »

Sermons Part 2

Ma-tsu (709-788) The Patriarch said to the assembly, “The Way needs no cultivation, just do not defile.  What is defilement?  When with a mind of birth and death one acts in a... View Journal Entry »

Readings from Sun Face Buddha

Fen-chou Wu-yeh (761-823) There was a monk who asked the Master, “The twelve divisions of the teaching have spread through this land; the number of those who have obtained the fruits of... View Journal Entry »