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The Zen Doctrine of No Mind: The Significance of the Sutra of Hui-Neng

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Dedicated largely to the teaching of Hui Neng, this volume covers the purpose and technique of Zen training, and goes further into the depths of Zen than any other work of modern times. Here we find no reliance on scripture or a Savior, for the student isshown how to go beyond thought in order to achieve a state of consciousness beyond duality.
Paperback, 160 pages
Published August 1st 1991 by Weiser Books (first published 1969)
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Anthony Buckley
Jan 17, 2009 Anthony Buckley rated it it was amazing
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Hui-Neng, known as the Sixth Zen Patriarch, established the idea that enlightenment came suddenly and that it should not be sought by slowly and progressively cleaning the mirror of one's mind. Suzuki's free-flowing exploration of the Sutra of Hui-Neng is not nearly as obscure as one might expect. I read it a long time ago, and in looking at it again, I find that it had more of an impact on me than I had realized.
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Jan 02, 2013 Lysergius rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Suzuki's writings have a clarity that helps to illumine what is a difficult subject. Well worth the effort. This is an intro to the more complex Essays.
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Fu kicked a dog which happened to be there, and the dog gave a cry and ran away. The monk made no response, whereupon Fu said: 'Poor dog, you were kicked in vain.'
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Mar 10, 2012 Peter rated it really liked it
This is a wonderful exploration of the ideas of Huineng (638-713), who is one of the most important figures in the history of Zen Buddhism. It gives the reader a solid understanding of how he changed the trajectory of Buddhism in China—especially with regard to meditation.

Many of Huineng's contemporaries saw meditation as a deliberate exercise aimed at "clearing" the mind in order to find deeper purity within. The most famous expression of this view occurs in a short verse written by Shenxiu (on
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The gentleman who introduced the West to Zen Buddhism. A great intro to the 6th Patriarch. D. T. Suzuki is often overlooked these days (mostly in favor of that other Suzuki,) but D. T.s books quietly wait those who want to understand Zen and are tired of 'just sitting'.
Tony
Jul 10, 2012 Tony rated it it was amazing
This is a fascinating book that brings us back to the seventh and eighth centuries in China to Hui-Neng and the Zen concept of No Mind. Wonderful for its spiritual insights and historical scholarship. Highly reccommended.
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Daisetsu (also written Daisetz) Teitaro Suzuki (鈴木大拙) was a Japanese author of books and essays on Buddhism, Zen and Shin that were instrumental in spreading interest in both Zen and Shin (and Far Eastern philosophy in general) to the West. Suzuki was also a prolific translator of Chinese, Japanese, and Sanskrit literature. Suzuki spent several lengthy stretches teaching or lecturing at Western ...more
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