Not One Single Thing: A Commentary on the Platform Sutra (Paperback)

Not One Single Thing: A Commentary on the Platform Sutra By Shodo Harada, Priscilla Daichi Storandt (Translator), Jane Shotaku Lago (Editor) Cover Image

Not One Single Thing: A Commentary on the Platform Sutra (Paperback)


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Explore the seminal Platform Sutra, with one of the greatest living Zen masters as a guide.

A lodestone of Zen Buddhism, the Platform Sutra presents the life, work, and wisdom of Eno, or Huineng, the fascinating and much-loved seventh-century Sixth Patriarch of Chinese Zen. He was an illiterate woodcutter who famously attained enlightenment after only hearing a single line of the Diamond Sutra, and who went on to decisively upstage senior monks with a poem that demonstrated the depth and clarity of his insight. His example has demonstrated to generations of students and spiritual seekers worldwide that enlightenment is attainable regardless of education or social standing. His exhortations to directly perceive one's true nature, right here and now, still reverberate in contemporary Zen.

Shodo Harada Roshi's fresh reading of the Platform Sutra offers both the history behind the work and the lived experience of its wisdom. In a plain-English, conversational voice, Shodo Harada brings the sutra to life for his students, discussing and explaining its central points chapter by chapter and illustrating it with his own beautiful calligraphy. This is an essential Buddhist text brought to life.
Shodo Harada Roshi is an established Zen teacher, whose students include many American Zen teachers. He is the disciple and Dharma heir of Yamada Mumon Roshi, a renowned Zen master and Zen calligrapher. Harada Roshi is the abbot of Sogenji Zen Monastery in Okayama, Japan, and travels frequently to Tahoma Shogenji Monastery on Whidbey Island in Washington State.
Product Details ISBN: 9781614291145
ISBN-10: 1614291144
Publisher: Wisdom Publications
Publication Date: January 23rd, 2018
Pages: 248
Language: English