The Sutra of WeiLang(六祖壇經)

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ISBN : 10010517

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►Ι. 《 CHAPTER 1 》Autobiography

 ► Π. 《 CHAPTER 2 》On Prajna  

►III .《 CHAPTER 3 》Questions and Answers  

► IV . 《 CHAPTER 4 》Samadhi and Prajna  

►V . 《 CHAPTER 5 》Dhyana  

►VI . 《 CHAPTER 6 》On Repentance  

►VII . 《 CHAPTER 7 》Temperament and Circumstances  

►VIII . 《 CHAPTER 8 》The Sudden School and The Gradual School  

►IX . 《 CHAPTER 9 》Royal Patronage  

► X . 《 CHAPTER 10 》His Final Instructions  

►Appendix by Ling To, the Stupa Keeper


▓ SUTRA SPOKEN BY THE SIXTH PATRIARCH ON THE HIGH SEAT OF \"   the treasure of the law \".

♣• This Sutra will guide readers into the right path which leads to the heart's enlightenment. Let me quote \" One should use one's mind in such a way that it will be free from any attachment \" and will ultimately realize one's original spiritual existence.



♣• Once, when the patriarch had arrived at Pao Lam Monastery, Prefect Wai of Shiu Chow and other officials went there to ask him to deliver public lectures on Buddhism in the hall of Tai Fan Temple in the City ( of Canton ).

♣• In due course, there were assembled ( in the lecture hall ) Prefect Wai, government officials and Confucian scholars, about thirty each, and Bhikkhus, Bhikkhunis, Taoists and laymen, to the number of about one thousand. After the Patriarch had taken his seat, the congregation in a body paid him homage and asked him to preach on the fundamental laws of Buddhism. Whereupon, His Holiness delivered the following address:

♣• Learned Audience, our Essence of Mind ( literally, selfnature ) which is the seed or kernel of enlightenment ( Bodhi ) is pure by nature, and by making use of this mind alone we can reach Buddhahood directly. Now let me tell you something about my own life and how I come into possession of the esoteric teaching of the Dhyana ( or the Zen ) School.

♣• My father, a native of Fan Yang, was dismissed from his official   post and banished to be a commoner in Sun Chow in Kwangtung. I was unlucky in that my father died when I was very young, leaving   my mother poor and miserable. We moved to Kwang Chow ( Canton ) and were then in very bad circumstances.

♣• I was selling firewood in the market one day, when on of my customers ordered some to be brought to his shop. Upon delivery   being made and payment received, I left the shop, outside of which   I found a man reciting a Sutra. As soon as I heard the text of this   Sutra my mind at once became enlightened. Thereupon I asked the   man the name of the book he was reciting and was told that it was   the Diamond Sutra ( Vajracchedika or Diamond Cutter ). I further   enquired whence he came and why he recited this particular Sutra.   He replied that he came from Tung Tsan Monastery in the Wong   Mui District of Kee Chow ; that the Abbot in charge of this temple   was Hwang Yan, the Fifth Patriarch : that there were about one   thousand disciples under him ; and that when he went there to pay   homage to the Patriarch, he attended lectures on this Sutra. He further told me that His Holiness used to encourage the laity as well as the   monks to recite this scripture, as by doing so they might realize their own Essence of Mind, and thereby reach Buddahood directly.

♣• It must be due to my good karma in past lives that I heard about   this, and that I was given ten teals for the maintenance of my mother by a man who advised me to go to Wong Mui to interview the Fifth   Patriarch. After arrangements had been made for her, I left for Wong Mui, which took me less than thirty days to reach.

♣• I then went to pay homage to the Patriarch, and was asked where I came from and what I expected to get from him. I replied, \" I am a commoner from Sun Chow of Kwangtung. I have travelled far to pay you respect and I ask for nothing but Buddhahood.\"   \" You are a native of Kwangtung, a barbarian ? How con you expect to be a Buddha?\" asked the Patriarch. I replied, \"although there are northern men and southern men, north and south make no different to their Buddha-nature. A barbarian is different from Your Holiness physically, but there is no difference in our Budd-ha-nature.\" He was going to speak further to me, then ordered me to join the crowd to work.

♣• \"May I tell Your Holiness,\" said I, \" that Prajna ( transcendental Wisdom ) often rises in my mind. When one does not go astray   from one's own Essence of Mind, one may be called the ' field of   merits.' I do not know what work Your Holiness would ask me to do?\"

♣• \"This barbarian is too bright, \" he remarked. \"Go to the stable   and speak no more. \" I then withdrew myself to the backyard and   was told by a lay brother to split firewood and to pound rice.

♣• More then eight months after, the Patriarch saw me one day and said, \" I know your knowledge of Buddhism is very sound : but I have to refrain from speaking to you, lest evildoers should do you harm. Do you understand? \" \" Yes Sir, I do, \" I replied. \" To avoid   people taking notice of me, I dare not go near your hall.\" ------

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