The Platform Sutra of the Sixth Patriarch Analysis

Huineng

Context

(Student Guide to World Philosophy)

The Platform Sutra of the Sixth Patriarch is generally regarded as the basic classic of Chan (Zen) Buddhism. The work is reputed to be a record of the teachings of the great Chan master Huineng, as expressed in his remarks delivered in the Dafan Temple in Shaozhou in or about the year 677, and as recorded by his disciple Fahai. The most authentic version of the work is regarded by such scholars as Wing-tsit Chan and Philip B. Yampolsky, who translated the work in 1967, to be the Dunhuang manuscript, found in a cave in Dunhuang, northwest China, in 1900.