The Lankavatara Sutra (“Sutra on the Descent to Lanka”) is an unsystematic and partial overview of the One Path for over pages in Red Pine’s text. 1 Feb Read a free sample or buy The Lankavatara Sutra by Red Pine. You can read this book with Apple Books on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch. 15 Jan Yes, right next to me hot off the press is a translation and commentary of The Lankavatara Sutra by Red Pine (Bill Porter). First, let me say that if.

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I hope many will be motivated to study and practice this wonderful teaching. Lao-tzu’s Taoteching Lao Tzu.

But the added chapter on meat-eating is interesting. As I understand it, this sutra is important for teaching that consciousness is reality itself.

The Zennist: Red Pine’s translation of the Lankavatara Sutra

Although it covers all the major teachings of Mahayana Buddhism, it contains but two teachings: But the real issue is the self, which is the cause of the desire, which is the cause of the suffering. This work comes with a wholehearted recommendation from this reviewer, for both seasoned Zennists and those wishing to go to an early text in the tradition as a starting point.


The first can be said to be a teaching of the Yogacara school of Buddhism, whilst the second is the foundation of Zen. It’s up to each of us to use the sutra to help us achieve this.

Huang Po pithily hit the nail on the head when he said: Without this important and necessary step it is extremely difficult to see where the LS is going since it is for advanced Bodhisattvas. Suzuki also writes in his introduction to the Lankavatara translation.

John Forman rated it really liked it Aug 11, Consequently, only Mind, or the Dharmakaya, is ultimately real–and this is apparent to Buddhas and Bodhisattvas who can rest in Suchness Tathata. William L Evans rated it really liked it Aug 13, Customer Ratings Ded have not received enough ratings to display an average for this book.

Red Pine’s Canny Commentaries on Buddhist Sutras

To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: A substantial Chinese-Sanskrit-English glossary follows lanavatara sutra, crammed with useful definitions and explanations of central terms used in the main body of the book. In the meantime, here’s a sample of Red Pine’s translation skills and the notes that he supplies as well:.

According to the text, the Buddha’s wisdom recognizes that the world does not exist. Moreover, he has supplied copious notes inspired by the original Sutfa and Sanskrit versions of the text, as well as by Chinese commentators. That which is the primary meaning is the noble intelligence confirmed within. Mahamati, words are not the highest reality, nor is what is expressed in words the highest reality.

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You are commenting using your WordPress. But the Buddha’s compassion recognizes that the world does not not exist.

And, illustrating its importance in the latter sect, Red Pine tells us that it was this sutra that the first patriarch of Zen Buddhism, Bodhidharma, handed over to his successor, along with his bowl and robe. Sutea Lankavatara Sutra, by Red Pine.

The Lankavatara Sutra

The three new schemes are the five dharmas, the three modes of reality, and the eight forms of consciousness. The Zen lineage is comprised of all those who have Bodhidharma as their chief ancestor in the Buddha Dharma.

And yet, the Lankavatara Sutra has no answer for if one considers the exploitative nature of class society. And years before Deleuze. Published January 24th by Counterpoint first published January As such, the everyday world is illusory and dreamlike—only Mind sutrz real. Thank you for sharing your nice review.

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