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    DescriptionThe 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. Phillip B. Yampolsky has based his translation on the Tun-huang manuscript, the earliest extant version of the work. A critical edition of the Chinese text is given at the end of the volume. Dr. Yampolsky also furnishes a lengthy and detailed historical introduction which contains much information hitherto unavailable even to scholars, and provides the context essential to an understanding of Hui-neng's work. He gives an account of the history and legends of Ch'an Buddhism, with particular attention to the traditions associated with Hui-neng, quoting or summarizing the most important narratives. He then discusses the various texts of the Platform Sutra, and analyzes its contents.


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    Title
    The Platform Sutra of the Sixth Patriarch
    Authors and contributors
    Translated by P.H. Yampolsky
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 212
    Width: 147 mm
    Height: 226 mm
    Thickness: 15 mm
    Weight: 340 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780231083614
    ISBN 10: 0231083610
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25220
    BIC E4L: PHI
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S2.1
    B&T Book Type: NF
    B&T General Subject: 690
    BISAC V2.8: PHI000000
    BIC subject category V2: HPDF, HPCA
    Ingram Theme: APPR/RDRCAT
    Ingram Subject Code: RS
    Libri: I-RS
    Ingram Theme: CULT/ASIAN
    DC22: 294.3927
    ECPA Christian Book Category: GNRORLCPR
    DC21: 181
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: LIT008000, REL092000, REL007030
    DC22: 294.3/85
    LC classification: QP244.T835 E6 1967
    LC subject heading:
    LC classification: QP244.T835
    Thema V1.0: DS, QD
    Edition
    6, Revised
    Edition statement
    6th Revised edition
    Illustrations note
    Ill.
    Publisher
    Columbia University Press
    Imprint name
    Columbia University Press
    Publication date
    01 June 1978
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Phillip B. Yampolsky was Professor of East Asian Languages and Cultures at Columbia University until his death in 1996.
    Review quote
    (This) translation of one of the most famous of all Chinese Ch'an texts is certainly the best rendition so far. Without sacrificing scholarly accuracy, Yampolsky has produced a lucid and idiomatic translation which even the layman can enjoy. Books Abroad Remarkable... Dr. Yampolsky's study is characterized by a clarity of presentation and a thoroughness of exploration of Chinese and Japanese sources. Literature East and West As an initiation into the international field of foundational scholarly research on the Platform Sutra Yampolsky's detailed and illuminating introductory remarks to his carefully nnotated translation remain indispensable... -- T.H. Barrett, SOAS, University of London Journal of Bulletin of School of Oriental and African Studies Vol 76, No 2
    Back cover copy
    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.
    Table of contents
    Introduction: CH' AN IN THE EIGHTH CENTURYI. The Formation of the LegendThe Lanka ~ vata ~ ra SchoolShen-huiII. The Birth of a Patriarch: Biography of Hui-nengIII. The Making of a Book: The Platform SutraIV. Content AnalysisTHE PLATFORM SUTRA OF THE SIXTH PATRIARCHTHE TUN-HUANG TEXT