Lecture 35 - Ch'an\/Zen Buddhism(Branch of Mahayana Buddhism o o o Bodhidharma Depicted as a wide-eyed bearded barbarian Supposed to be the first

Lecture 35 - Ch'an/Zen Buddhism(Branch of Mahayana...

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Ch'an/Zen Buddhism (Branch of Mahayana Buddhism) Bodhidharma o Depicted as a wide-eyed, bearded barbarian. Supposed to be the first patriarch of the Ch'an lineage of Buddhist philosophy. o Wanted to streamline and simplify Buddhist practices. Get back to basics! o Crazy awesome Bodhidharma stories. Ch'an Tradition A reaction to the increasingly complicated Chinese Buddhist schools of thought at the time. o These were already philosophical complicated, which was made even more complicated by the influence of Daoist doctrines. Emphasizes a focus on Buddha-nature (tathagatarbha) o Awakened buddhas, when deluded, are just sentient beings. Sentient beings, when awakened, are Buddhas. o EVERYONE has underlying Buddha-Nature, anyone can become enlightened. Enlightenment is an all or nothing thing that comes suddenly. o Enlightenment is just when everything snaps into place, and you see reality clearly and freely.

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