Translations of Zhi Yi's works in English?

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Translations of Zhi Yi's works in English?

Post by thecowisflying » Thu Feb 23, 2017 12:32 pm

Are there any sources for Master Zhi Yi's works in English?

Though I can read Chinese I'm not fluent in classical and from what I've seen his works tend to be in massive paragraphs that are extremely off-putting to read.

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Post by Seishin » Thu Feb 23, 2017 1:45 pm

thecowisflying wrote:Are there any sources for Master Zhi Yi's works in English?

Though I can read Chinese I'm not fluent in classical and from what I've seen his works tend to be in massive paragraphs that are extremely off-putting to read.

Thanks!
Try these;

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Essentials-Bud ... 5XR8KB2P5C

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1935413015/ ... 0NXNVD93TJ

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/0895819198/ ... K5O9IUROAU

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Tendai-Lotus-T ... ndai+lotus

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1570622752/ ... B4F8OY9CXS

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1929431023/ ... QAFA3HY91S

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Re: Translations of Zhi Yi's works in English?

Post by Queequeg » Mon Mar 06, 2017 7:12 pm

Links to Paul Swanson's page at Nanzan U. with links to PDFs of his articles on Tiantai:
http://nirc.nanzan-u.ac.jp/en/staff/pswanson/

Notably, the page links to a PDF of one of the critical sections of the Mo-Ho Chih-kuan, the work widely viewed as Zhiyi's most important . Previously you could get a CD with the first six chapters of he Moho Chih-kuan translated by Swanson from Kosei Publishing, but having looked on their website, it does not seem to be available anymore. I understand that a complete translation is supposed to be published, imminently by U. Hawaii, but I have not heard anything recently.

Books by Brook Ziporyn:
Emptiness and Omnipresence - the most comprehensive book on Tiantai, intended to provide an overview.
Evil and/or/as the Good - a study of one of the later Tiantai patriarchs, Zhili, but with an extensive discussion of Tiantai.
Being and Ambiguity - a sort of whimsical application of Tiantai theory as philosophy.

Tientai Buddhism and Early Madhyamika - a complement to Swanson's "Tientai Philosophy"

Sources of the Chinese Tradition Contains a partial translation of Zhiyi's Lotus Confessional Samadhi ritual manual.

This is the "Classic" intro to Tiantai by Leon Hurvitz. Its been critiqued extensively, but still a very useful source:
Chih-I (538-597): An Introduction To The Life And Ideas Of A Chinese Buddhist Monk
These are fairly generic works - practical meditation instructions that do not offer much insight into Tiantai thought.
Only one of the works in this volume is directly Tiantai - its an outline by a 10th c. Korean monk, Chegkuan, who was invited to China to revive the Tiantai tradition that had apparently been lost there. While useful, this text has been criticized as misrepresenting Tiantai thought for the way in which the subject is presented. Still, useful for gaining an understanding of the Tiatai classification systems.
No offense to Cleary, but this is one of his worst published translations. Its a loose translation of the first chapter of Moho Chihkuan. It seems he started translating the text and then gave up. Its like he handed over a first draft that he never bothered to review. This really should not have been published. Its more or less incomprehensible.
- This is an alternative translation of the the Essentials of Buddhist Meditation translated by Bhikshu Dharmamitra above.
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Re: Translations of Zhi Yi's works in English?

Post by Admin_PC » Mon Mar 06, 2017 7:34 pm

Great resources guys!
Mind if I copy this thread over to Discovering Mahayana?
Might also want to append it to the resources thread in this sub.
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Re: Translations of Zhi Yi's works in English?

Post by Queequeg » Mon Mar 06, 2017 8:29 pm

Good idea to cross reference.

I also just remembered this:
Profound Meaning of the Lotus Sutra

Its a study and fairly detailed outline of what is often considered Zhiyi's second most important work, the Fa Hua Hsuan-i, a commentary on the Lotus Sutra through a structure based on its Chinese title. Swanson translates part of this in Tientai Philosophy. The outline here gives an idea about the rest of the text.

Also, this is a bibliography I put together years ago and had on my blog. Overlaps with many of the above:

Bruno Petzold
Tendai Buddhism
http://books.google.com/books?id=s9QKAAAAYAAJ&lr=

Leon Hurvitz
Chih-i (538-597): an introduction to the life and ideas of a Chinese Buddhist monk
http://books.google.com/books?id=WEQvAAAAYAAJ

Brook Ziporyn
Being and ambiguity: philosophical experiments with Tiantai Buddhism
http://books.google.com/books?id=h_zm_dBAXB0C

Evil and/or/as the good: omnicentrism, intersubjectivity and value paradox in Tiantai Buddhist thought
http://books.google.com/books?id=l5F-XaNCoBsC

Bhikshu Dharmamitra
The Essentials of Buddhist Meditation
http://books.google.com/books?id=sh1cPgAACAAJ

The Six Dharma Gates to the Sublime
http://books.google.com/books?id=0aNQPgAACAAJ

Michael R. Saso
Zen is for everyone: the Xiao zhi guan text by Zhi Yi
http://books.google.com/books?id=DCjePQAACAAJ

Neal Arvid Donner, Daniel B. Stevenson, Zhiyi
The great calming and contemplation: a study and annotated translation of the first chapter of Chih-i’s Mo-ho chih-kuan
http://books.google.com/books?id=y9IKAAAAYAAJ&lr=

David W. Chappell
Tʻien-tʻai Buddhism: an outline of The fourfold teachings
http://books.google.com/books?id=HcwKAAAAYAAJ

Thomas Cleary
Stopping and seeing: a comprehensive course in Buddhist meditation
http://books.google.com/books?id=u8gKAAAAYAAJ

Paul Loren Swanson
Foundations of Tʻien-Tʻai philosophy: the flowering of the two truths theory in Chinese Buddhism
http://books.google.com/books?id=UpEkAQAAIAAJ

The Great Cessation-and-Contemplation (Mo Ho Chih Kuan / MakaShikan)
http://www.kosei-shuppan.co.jp/english/ ... ndex2.html
(EXCELLENT annotated translation of the first 6 Chapters)

Link to Swanson’s page at Nanzan with links to selections from his translation
of Makashikan as well as drafts of parts of Chapter 7 and other articles.
http://nirc.nanzan-u.ac.jp/staff/pswans ... /mhck.html

Haiyan Shen
The profound meaning of the Lotus sutra: T̕ ien-t̕ai philosophy of Buddhism
http://books.google.com/books?id=UFfYAAAAMAAJ

Linda L. Penkower
T’ien-t’ai during the T’ang dynasty: Chan-jan and the sinification of Buddhism
http://books.google.com/books?id=VCwRAQAAIAAJ&lr=

Peter N. Gregory
Traditions of meditation in Chinese Buddhism
http://books.google.com/books?id=GwPy3fMhuF4C&lr=

Sudden and Gradual: Approaches to Enlightenment in Chinese Thought
http://books.google.com/books?id=JAsCVEGGR-oC&lr=

Japanese Tendai

Robert Rhodes
The Candle of the Latter Dharma
https://www.bdkamerica.org/p_bookinfo.a ... nguageid=1

Paul Swanson
The Collected Teachings of the Tendai Lotus School
https://www.bdkamerica.org/default.aspx ... nguageid=1

Paul Groner
Saicho: The Establishment of the Japanese Tendai School
http://books.google.com/books?id=xhbv9sQpTgIC&lr=
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Re: Translations of Zhi Yi's works in English?

Post by rory » Sat Apr 01, 2017 4:43 am

and this: such a brilliant book, she has amazing boiled down clear and explicit discussions of the most difficult concepts, so helpful:
https://www.amazon.com/Original-Enlight ... ightenment

Original Enlightenment and the Transformation of Medieval Japanese Buddhism (Kuroda Studies in East Asian Buddhism) Paperback – May 31, 2003
by Jacqueline I. Stone (Author)

gassho
Rory
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Chih-I:
The Tai-ching states "the women in the realms of Mara, Sakra and Brahma all neither abandoned ( their old) bodies nor received (new) bodies. They all received buddhahood with their current bodies (genshin)" Thus these verses state that the dharma nature is like a great ocean. No right or wrong is preached (within it) Ordinary people and sages are equal, without superiority or inferiority
Paul, Groner "The Lotus Sutra in Japanese Culture"eds. Tanabe p. 58
https://www.tendai-usa.org/

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