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The Lankavatara Sutra (1959) ~ Daisetz Teitaro Suzuki



A Mahayana Text

This Lankavatara is for those who are sincere & brave of heart. This is a sutra to be experienced in our imagined state of being. There have been countless people who have reached the core experience of the Mahayana practices from this Lankavatara sutra.

Suzuki’s translation of this important Sutra has stood the test of time. It has seen numerous reprints since its first edition in 1932. It occupies a paradoxical role in the Ch’an/Zen schools because – according to tradition, it was transmitted to China alongside the ‘wordless doctrine’ – that direct transmission of mind-to-mind, which ‘does not rely upon words and letters.’ Bodhidharma is said to have advocated this sutra as a means to ‘seal’ the minds of those who took up the Ch’an/Zen path.

As Suzuki pointed out, the Lankavatara has a rather loose plot, structurally – “thoughts of deep signification, presented in a most unsystematic manner ” – a collection of intuitions, centering around the Mind – as ground for the appearance of phenomena. In fact, in his separate work ‘Studies in the Lankavatara Sutra’ – Suzuki averred, somewhat casually, considering that sutras are usually taken to be Buddhavacana (‘the word of the Buddha’) that – the Lanka is “a memorandum kept by a Mahayana master, in which he put down perhaps all the teachings of importance accepted by the Mahayana followers of his day. ”

As you read D. T. Susuki translation it is easy to understand that Suzuki was a layman/monk who was not separate from the experience of the Lankavatare itself. The Lankavatara should become one of the top priority readings for those sincere bodhisattvas practicing in these illusory times where ignorance is swift to point us away from fulfilling our path’s vows. Remember the path is neither easy nor difficult. Read the word and let go of them for the experience they point to.

auteur: Daisetz Teitaro Suzuki
taal: Engels
gebonden: 300 pagina´s
uitgeverij: Routledge & Kegan Paul
3e druk, 1959
formaat: 140 x 220 x 28
bijzonderheden: klassieker, colllectors-item
EAN: 001310