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see Zen BuddhismZen Buddhism,
Buddhist sect of China and Japan. The name of the sect (Chin. Ch'an, Jap. Zen) derives from the Sanskrit dhyana [meditation]. In China the school early became known for making its central tenet the practice of meditation, rather than adherence
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JeeLoo Liu asserts that the key difference between the two verses is that Shen-Xiu propounds on gradual enlightenment while Hui-Neng supports spontaneous enlightenment (Liu 307-8).
Award-winning translator Red Pine has rendered the work of the controversial Sixth Patriarch of Zen into English in The Platform Sutra: The Zen Teaching of Hui-Neng.
Inventing Hui-neng, the sixth Patriarch; hagiography and biography in early Ch'an.