Readings of the Platform Sutra by Morten Schlutter
(Columbia Readings of Buddhist Literature)

No critic rating

Waiting for minimum critic reviews


This anthology of secondary readings of The Platform Sutra is designed to introduce the undergraduate to one of the most popular and influential Chan (Zen) Buddhist texts. The sutra purportedly contains the teachings of Huineng (638-713), the sixth patriarch of China and the father of the Chan movement. Though recent research suggests that the work has little connection to Huineng, it does date to the eighth century and has had enduring popularity among monastics and the educated elite.

Essays in the book include an overview of Chan Buddhism in China, the importance of The Platform Sutra to the tradition, the figure of Huineng, key concepts in Chan, philosophical ideas in the Platform text, transmission of the tradition, religious ordination and precepts, and the role of The Platform Sutra in the broader context of non-Buddhist Chinese thought. The editors and contributors, including Peter Gregory and Wendi Adamek, are among the most well-respected scholars of Buddhism today. A character glossary and bibliography complete the volume.

About Morten Schlutter

See more books from this Author
Morten Schl?tter is an associate professor at the University of Iowa and the author of How Zen Became Zen: The Dispute Over Enlightenment and the Formation of Chan Buddhism in Song-Dynasty China.Stephen F. Teiser is D. T. Suzuki Professor in Buddhist Studies at Princeton University. His recent books include Readings of the Lotus Sutra (coedited with Jacqueline I. Stone) and Reinventing the Wheel: Paintings of Rebirth in Medieval Buddhist Temples.
Published March 27, 2012 by Columbia University Press. 234 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Literature & Fiction, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction

Rate this book!

Add Review