A Numata Colloquium Series Talk
The Turbulent Life of the Platform Sūtra (Liuzu tanjing 六祖壇經)
The Platform Sūtra is perhaps the best known of all texts produced by Chinese Buddhism, but it is also unique because it exists in a number of different versions, spanning six centuries. This talk will explore how we can establish the relationship and chronology of the various editions of the text, and how we can trace crucial developments in Chan through a study of them.
Professor Morten Schlütter teaches at the University of Iowa, and is the director of its Center for Asian and Pacific Studies. His research centers broadly on Chinese Buddhism, especially Chan (Jpn.: Zen). He is the author of How Zen Became Zen: The Dispute over Enlightenment and the Formation of Chan Buddhism in Song-dynasty China (University of Hawai’i Press, 2008) and co-editor of Readings of the Platform Sūtra (Columbia University Press, 2012).
Cost: Free and Open to the Public
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