[Buddha-l] blind Huineng

Piya Tan dharmafarer at gmail.com
Fri May 11 22:04:42 MDT 2012

Hi Mitchell,

I've not heard of this before. What's the reference you have?

Do I recall rightly that scholars like Adamek, Foulk and others have noted
that works such as the Sixth Patriarch Sutra was really fabricated by
Shenhui. Did he have anything to do with this interesting new detail?

Piya Tan

On Sat, May 12, 2012 at 11:42 AM, Mitchell Ginsberg <jinavamsa at yahoo.com>wrote:

> Hello all, I have found a reference to Huineng (Hui Neng) that described
> him as blind.
> I do not recall having heard of that before.
> Would anyone know if there are grounds one way or the other for thinking
> that Huineng (the sixth Chinese Ch'an Patriarch, I mean) was literally
> blind, unable to have any visual perception?
> Where can there more on this be found?
> Thank you.
> Mitchell
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