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Huineng instructs his accomplished disciples
Refugee from Zen page--should it be included here:
In The Platform Sutra of the Sixth Patriarch of Zen in China, Hui Neng instructs his accomplished disciples in the chapter on his Final Instructions, "After my entering Nirvana, each of you will be the Dhyana Master of a certain district. I am, therefore, going to give you some hints on preaching, so that you may keep up the tradition of our School."
"First mention the three categories of Dharmas, and then the thirty six 'pairs of opposites' in the activities of the Heart-Mind. Then teach how to avoid the two extremes of 'coming in' and 'going out.' In all preaching, stray not from the Heart-Mind. Whenever someone puts a question to you, answer in the antonyms, so that a pair of opposites; will be formed, such as coming and going. When the interdependence of the two is entirely done away with there would be, in the absolute sense, neither coming nor going. ... Whenever a question is put to you, answer it in the negative if it is an affirmative one; and vice versa. If you are asked about an ordinary man, tell the questioner something about a sage; and vice versa. From the correlation or interdependence of the two opposites the doctrine of the Middle Way may be grasped. If someone asks what is darkness, answer thus: Light is the root condition and darkness is the reciprocal condition. When light disappears, darkness appears. The two are in contrast to each other. From the correlation or interdependence of the two the Middle Way arises."
कुक्कुरोवाच 20:52, 10 Apr 2004 (UTC)
- Done. --goethean ॐ 16:39, 12 August 2005 (UTC)
Yugan just added a strident and contrarian opinion that the title of the sutra should be translated as "Altar Sutra" not "Platform Sutra". There may be an arguable point here, but if so, it could only be mentioned as an alternative translation, and only mentioned if a reliable source can be given. As written, the edit constitues original research. Bertport (talk) 14:30, 21 November 2008 (UTC)