Daily Zen Library

1967

The Platform Sutra of the Sixth Patriarch

By Hui-neng trans by Philip Yampolsky Philip Yampolsky

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The Platform Sutra records the teachings of Hui-neng, the Sixth Patriarch, who is revered as one of the two great figures in the founding of Ch'an (Zen) Buddhism. This translation is the definitive English version of the eighth-century Ch'an classic. Dr. Yampolsky also furnishes a lengthy and detailed historical introduction that provides the context essential to an understanding of Hui-neng's work.

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