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PREFACE HISTORY OF EARLY CH'AN BUDDHISM SELF REALISATION OF NOBLE WISDOM Preface Introduction Chapter 1. Discrimination Chapter 2. False Imagination and Appearance Knowledge Chapter 3. Right Knowledge, or Knowledge of Relations Chapter 4. Perfect Knowledge, or Knowledge of Reality Chapter 5. The Mind system Chapter 6. Transcendental Intelligence Chapter 7. Self Realization Chapter 8. The Attainment of Self Realization Chapter 9. The Fruits of Self Realization Chapter 10. Discipleship: Lineage of the Arhats Chapter 11. Bodhisattvahood and Its Stages Chapter 12. Noble Wisdom that is Tathagatahood Chapter 13. Nirvana THE DIAMOND SUTRA. (Vajracchedika Sutra) Introduction The Diamond Scripture SUTRA OF TRANSCENDENTAL WISDOM. (Maha-prajna-paramita-hridaya) Preface SUTRA OF THE SIXTH PATRIARCH Chapter 1. Autobiography of Hui-Neng Chapter 2. Discourse on Prajna Chapter 3. Discourse on Dhyana and Samadhi Chapter 4. Discourse on Repentance Chapter 5. Discourse on the Three-Bodies of Buddha Chapter 6. Dialogues Chapter 7. Sudden Enlightenment vs. Gradual Attainment Chapter 8. Royal Patronage Chapter 9. Final Words and Death of the Patriarch

About the Author

Dwight Goddard was a pioneer in the American Zen Buddhist movement. He was born in Worcester, Massachusetts in 1861. After graduating from college as an industrial engineer, he made his fortune in service to the United States Government during World War I. Greatly disillusioned by the brutality of war, Goddard became a missionary for the American Board. He was sent first to China, and later to Japan, where he lived in and studied at a Zen Buddhist monastery outside Kyoto for nearly one year. In 1924, having moved back to the States, he began writing books on Buddhism. By the time of his death in 1939, he had authored and edited nine titles, among them, The Buddhist Bible, the book credited with influencing the views of Jack Kerouac, iconic Beat Generation author.

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