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The Platform Sutra / Red Pine

The Zen teaching of Hui-neng. The Platform Sutra occupies a central place in Zen (Ch’an) Buddhist instruction for students and spiritual seekers worldwide. It is often linked with The Heart Sutra and The Diamond Sutra to form a trio of texts that have been revered and studied for centuries. However, unlike the other sutras, which …

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The Diamond Sutra / Red Pine

The Perfection of Wisdom. Zen Buddhism is often said to be a practice of mind-to-mind transmission without reliance on texts –in fact, some great teachers forbid their students to read or write. But Buddhism has also inspired some of the greatest philosophical writings of any religion, and two such works lie at the center of Zen: …

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Road to Heaven / Red Pine

Encounters with Chinese hermits. In 1989, Bill Porter, having spent much of his life studying and translating Chinese religious and philosophical texts, began to wonder if the Buddhist hermit tradition still existed in China. At the time, it was believed that the Cultural Revolution had dealt a lethal blow to all religions in China, destroying …

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