Culture and Ethnic Studies Chinese Schools of Buddhism
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I have shared some passages from The Platform Sutra with the class, which purports to record the life story and sermons of the Tang Dynasty monk Huineng, influential teacher in the Chinese school of Buddhism known as Chan 禪, or the school of “Meditation.” What understanding of the relationship between “wisdom” and meditation is expressed through Huineng’s story of gaining enlightenment and his comments on the mental practice of meditation? Besides the religious or philosophical meanings, is there a significant social significance to Huineng’s story as well? What does the story of Huineng say about the similarities or differences of Chan to other varieties of Buddhist teachings that we’ve been studying, like the Pure Land or Tiantai schools? In looking at the collection of sayings of the Chan Master Caoshan, “public cases” or gongan 公案, which became an important part of Chan’s method of cultivating enlightenment, is there some relationship with the story of Huineng or his explanation of meditation?