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Re: Theos-World Some thoughts on Transparency

Sep 02, 2009 11:10 AM
by Morten Nymann Olesen

This one?

"Hui Neng & The Platform Sutra" by Tripitaka Master Hua (454 pages - PDF)

"Hui Neng & The Platform Sutra

The Sixth Patriarch's Platform Sutra, translated by A.F.Price and Wong Mou-Lam. 
Philip Yampolsky's masterful translation of the Tun-Huang text (the oldest extant version of the Platform Sutra) is here for downloading. This is the entire Tun-Huang text, complete with Yampolsky's footnotes. The classic version. You have to buy the book to get Yampolsky's informative introductory material. 
Another complete version, translated by The Buddhist Text Translation Society with commentary by Tripitaka Master Hua is also available. Here you will find it in plain text. Here as a 454 page .pdf document (not recommended for slow connections) 
John R McRae's translation is here (172 pages)

Carl Bielefeldt and Lewis Lancaster: T'an Ching (Platform Scripture) Bielefeldt and Lancaster give an excellent overview of state of current (1975) translations and scholarship of the Platform Sutra. 
from Philosophy East and West Vol. 25, No. 2, 1975

Autobiography of Hui Neng translated by A.F.Price and Wong Mou-Lam This is an excerpt from the Platform Sutra"

M. Sufilight

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  Sent: Wednesday, September 02, 2009 4:55 AM
  Subject: Re: Theos-World Some thoughts on Transparency

  The Platform Sutra of the 6th Patriarch is excellent, and if you notice especially when a monk asks the Patriarche for "The Non-verbal Transmission of Mind" the Patriarches reply was "Have you seen your original face?" , there follows a hysterical effort of the monk to locate and find by an exhaustive search of his cell and where abouts the "face" the Patriarche asked him about! lol. So here so also become exposred to the ten levels of conscousness of the Bodhisatva and the interesting route between the levels. I enjoyed this Sutra myself long a ago. The habitual pattern is "clinging" to mind itself. 


  ---- Original Message ----- 
  From: "Morten Nymann Olesen" <> 
  Sent: Tuesday, September 1, 2009 9:12:46 AM GMT -08:00 US/Canada Pacific 
  Subject: Re: Theos-World Some thoughts on Transparency 

  MKR wrote: 

  M. Sufilight says: 
  Yes. I wonder, what would happen with "MISLEADING OPENNESS"? 

  - - - A bit of Zen - - - 

  The wind was flapping a temple flag. Two monks were arguing about it. One said the flag was moving; the other said the wind was moving. Arguing back and forth they could come to no agreement. 

  The Sixth Patriarch said, "It is neither the wind nor the flag that is moving. It is your mind that is moving." 

  - - - 
  Zen Saying: 
  Be master of mind rather than mastered by mind. 

  - - - 
  Zen Saying: 
  Zen mind is not Zen mind. That is, if you are attached to Zen mind, then you have a problem, and your way is very narrow. 

  M. Sufilight 

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: MKR 
  To: theos-talk 
  Sent: Tuesday, September 01, 2009 2:30 PM 
  Subject: Theos-World Some thoughts on Transparency 

  Recently when I visited a state government website in the USA, I looked at 
  the site map and was surprised and impressed to find Transparency as one of 
  the topics. 
  Obviously, in the 21st century, transparency is becoming easier to implement 
  with the help of Internet. All meetings can be streamed on-line and can also 
  be archived for later viewing. All documentation can be put online and can 
  be viewed any time. 
  In the USA, it is a legal requirement that all public bodies have to meet in 
  open meetings and criminal penalties are there if anyone violates it. In the 
  wisdom of those who formulated these requirements, they found it is a great 
  safeguard to protect the public interests to prevent backdoor secret 
  decisions hurting the public. 
  The recent events in TS has high lighted the need for transparency. Starting 
  with the untruthful information about the health of the sitting president at 
  the time of the election and subsequent shocking attempt to secretly 
  disenfranchise all members and seize the power of appointing the president 
  leaves much of a choice to members. These actions and continued silence of 
  the leaders, elders, long-time members, and other well known members, does 
  not help increase the trust members have in their leaders. 
  Unless members are alert and vigilant, the continued inaction in the 
  bringing about transparency at the autonomous Section level activities, we 
  do not know what danger is being cooked behind the scenes. This is all the 
  more important because, the strongly divided voting pattern in the last GC 
  meeting says a lot. It is in stark contrast with the almost unanimous 
  pattern that is the norm since the days of Olcott. 
  Fortunately, we are blessed with the benefit of the Masterâs warning - 

  Let us benefit from it. It is high time members demand their Section leaders 
  to immediately implement total transparency. It is very easy to do it. 
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