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The Lankavatara Sutra is the holy grail of Zen. Zens First Patriarch, Bodhidharma, gave a copy of this text to his successor, Hui-ko, and told him everything he needed to know was in this book. Passed down from teacher to student ever since, this is the only Zen sutra ever spoken by the Buddha. Although it covers all the major teachings of Mahayana Buddhism, it contains but two teachings: that everything we perceive as being real is nothing but the perceptions of our own mind and that the knowledge of this is something that must be realized and experienced for oneself and cannot be expressed in words. In the words of Chinese Zen masters, these two teachings became known as have a cup of tea and taste the tea. This is the first translation into English of the original text used by Bodhidharma, which was the Chinese translation made by Gunabhadra in and upon which all Chinese Zen masters have relied ever since.

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The Lankavatara Sutra is the holy grail of Zen. Zens First Patriarch, Bodhidharma, gave a copy of this text to his successor, Hui-ko, and told him everything he needed to know was in this book. Passed down from teacher to student ever since, this is the only Zen sutra ever spoken by the Buddha.

Although it covers all the major teachings of Mahayana Buddhism, it contains but two teachings: that everything we perceive as being real is nothing but the perceptions of our own mind and that the knowledge of this is something that must be realized and experienced for oneself and cannot be expressed in words.

In the words of Chinese Zen masters, these two teachings became known as have a cup of tea and taste the tea. This is the first translation into English of the original text used by Bodhidharma, which was the Chinese translation made by Gunabhadra in and upon which all Chinese Zen masters have relied ever since.

In addition to presenting one of the most difficult of all Buddhist texts in clear English, Red Pine has also added summaries, explanations and notes, including relevant Sanskrit terms on the basis of which the Chinese translation was made. This promises to become an essential text for anyone seeking to deepen their understanding or knowledge of Zen. Red Pine the pen name of Bill Porter is an acclaimed translator and interpreter of Chinese and Sanskrit texts, primarily Buddhist, including poetry and sutras.

He has traveled extensively in China, visiting Zen temples and the Graves of poets, and seeking out hermits. He lives in Port Townsend, Washington. About the author.

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The Lankavatara Sutra

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