The Concept of “Realizing the Mind and Seeing Self-nature” in The Platform Sutra

Qing MING

Abstract


The core teaching of The Platform Sutra is the concept of “realizing the mind and seeing self-nature” (shixin jianxing). A comparative study of The Platform Sutra shows that this concept deeply influenced neo-Confucianism during song and Ming dynasties. The purpose of this paper is to examine Huineng’s concept of “realizing the mind and seeing self-nature” in The Platform Sutra. The principal Buddhist philosophical foundation of this concept is the Mahayana teaching of Buddha nature and prajña (the perfection of wisdom).

Keywords


Huineng, The Platform Sutra, Realizing the Mind, Seeing Self-nature.


DOI
10.12783/dtssehs/icssm2017/10332

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