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The Zen Teaching of Bodhidharma (English and Chinese Edition) Paperback – November 1, 1989
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About the Author
Red Pine lives and work in Taiwan. He is the translator of The Collected Songs of Cold Mountain.
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Outline of Practice
As usual, Mr. Pine offers you the original Chinese text throughout, and provides extensive and very helpful explanatory notes, this time offered as endnotes to keep the texts of the four teachings unencumbered.
If you read this book with a sincere effort to realize this life, it will no doubt give you what you came for. As for a book of mere entertainment, this is not that. It is thought provoking, the meanings of every page are not spoonfed to us. We are left to search for their meanings within on our own, Red Pine simply tries to present us with the original sayings. Commentary can often confuse someone into believing that the observation an uthor makes is one and the same with what was originally said. I like how Red Pine does not do this. I believe the best translator's try their best to present us with the closest accounts as possible of what the original work was about. I believe Red Pine has certainly done this.
Enjoy this book:)
Bodhidharma's "Outline of Practice" outlines the dharma as this Brahman-born monk taught it in China after being sent there by his teacher, Prajnatara. A confusing distinction made in these talks, especially the "Outline," has to do with what Bodhidharma calls "reason" (again, in this translation) and meditation practice. They are presented as two avenues to "zen," but the definitions make it hard to distinguish them. Throughout, there is an inside/outside (or mind/body) kind of thinking which may be expedient thinking for the sake of his students, or his own enduring mind-habit.
Otherwise, his teaching is very clear: attain your true self, attain what the Heart Sutra is talking about; and at that point, what is there to do? Realizing the paramitas without a trace of actor or action, the student can use form with a clear mind and help others.
In the "Bloodstream Sermon," there are questions and answers, as Bodhidharma teaches and occasionally spars with monks in China (at a time when Buddhism in China was heavily philosophical). Bodhidharma has mastered the philosophy enough to turn it on its ear and make it point these sleepy students to "just doing it." If you do not find your true self, he says, all invocations, offerings and precepts are useless. "The thousands of sutras and shastras only amount to a clear mind."
With the "Breakthrough Sermon," the conceptualizing gets pretty convoluted.Read more ›
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Fundamental read for anyone interested in Chan or Zen Buddhism. Cuts right to the core of the zen (chan) practice.Published 4 months ago by Rasmus Boserup
I have practiced zen for thirty years, reading many books along the way. Nothing compares to Bodhidharma's sermons, the clearest and most efficacious teaching in the annals of... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Douglas A. Nimtz
Again, Red Pine nails it. Good notes on just about every term for those new to the philosophical Sanskrit vocab.Published 6 months ago by Quickdraw
I had to by another copy after I gave my first one to a friend. I truly enjoy this book, it comes across as very plain spoken and is quite accessible, even to those who aren't... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Jae Blåtthaugen