Presentation on theme: "Buddhism in China: Ch’an Berger Intro to Asian Religions."— Presentation transcript:
Buddhism in China: Ch’an Berger Intro to Asian Religions
The Legendary History of Ch’an ( 禪 ) Buddhism The culminating “flower sermon” of Buddha Bodhidharma’s (d. 532) “four features” Chan is a special transmission outside the scriptures, not founded upon words or letters; By pointing directly to one’s own mind ( 心 hsin ), one sees into one’s inner Buddhahood. The patronage of Shen-hsiu’s (d.706) Ch’an
The Biography of Hui-neng (638-713) in the Platform Sutra The illiterate child’s awakening (p. 508) The initiation of Hung-jen (pp. 508-509) The poem contest with Shen-hsiu (509-511) Shen-hsiu’s assertion of need for mental cultivation; mind as mirror ( 镜子 jing tzu), needs constant cleaning Hui-neng’s assertion of “original enlightenment” in the brightness nature ( 明 性 ming hsing) of Buddha-nature Second awakening, transmission from Hung-jen
Teachings of Hui-neng’s Platform Sutra The oneness of meditation and awakening (511) The dao ( 道 ) or movement of “no-thought” and the warming against clinging to thoughts (512) Meditation as realizing the purity of one’s “original nature” ( 本 性 ben hsing ) (513) Original “bright nature” ( 明 性 ming hsing) covered up by evil deeds that cling to “environments” (514)
Reading for Next Class Sourcebook, 345-46, 367-71 Response Paper 2 Due
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