Dhyana Buddhism in China, Its History and Teaching by Chou Hsiang-Kunang

By Chou Hsiang-Kunang

This booklet, divided into 5 components, explains the starting place and unfold of the faith all through China. It additionally explains the 3 branches of Buddhism¡ "the Pali, Han and Tibetan"; and their affects on either old and modern day China.

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In fact, what I propose to divide in several periods of Dhyana Buddhism are spread over a period right up to the end and it is impossible to cut them into pieces. But I take a particular nature of Dhyana Buddhism in the particular period and propose to give a name to it. Why I call this period of Dhyana Buddhism as Patriarchal Dhyana of excelling Buddha ? Because it em­ phasises on patriarch’s teachings and excelled Buddha. ’ Moreover at that time, if any one was to raise a question about Dhyana, he will ask what is the signi­ ficance of Patriarch Bodhidharma coming from the West?

Mui-neng and His Disciples After Hung-jen's death, the Dhyana Sect was divided into two schools, Northern and Southern. Shen-hsil, who had written the first stanza, founded a school in North and obtained royal patronage at the time, while Hui-neng also established a rival school in the South which spread as far as Japan and Korea. I have already mentioned in the previous sub-chapter that Hui-neng was called upon by the 5th Patriarch in his room in the mid-night for religious instructions. The 5th , Patriarch expounded the Vajrachchedxka Sutra to Huineng.

4. A special transmission outside the Scriptures; No dependence upon words and letters; Direct pointing to the soul of man; and Seeing into one’s own nature. In brief, a direct transmission of the Dharma lamp with­ out depending on words, and the direct seeing into one’s nature. ’ Bodhidharma, as it might be well surmized, was very much hated and abused by those who followed Buddhist Vinaya and Sutras. ) who sincerely 20 DHYANA BUDDHISM IN CHINA [Ch. and truly followed Bodhidharma for new doctrine Bodhidharma tailght Hui-k’o his main two-fold thesis, comprising of ‘Faith’ and ‘Practice’.

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