The Forty Two Sections Sutra

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Re: The Forty Two Sections Sutra

Post by Nicholas Weeks » Tue Aug 29, 2017 4:44 pm

Here is how Master Hua introduces this sutra, probably the first brought into China:

http://cttbusa.org/42sections/42sec_a.asp
It is not a matter of achieving Bodhi or attaining Buddhahood. Rather, you yourself become aware that your own mind has always been fully enlightened.

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Re: The Forty Two Sections Sutra

Post by Nicholas Weeks » Tue Aug 29, 2017 8:37 pm

As Dhammanando Bhikkhu points out, (at Dhamma Wheel) this was also the first sutra or sutta rendered into a Western language:
It was also the first complete Buddhist text to be translated into a Western language, contrary to Justin McDaniel and others, who have mistakenly awarded this accolade to Viggo Fausbøll’s 1855 Latin translation of the Dhammapada.

Fausbøll’s work was actually preceded by two French and one German translation of the Sūtra in Forty-two Sections. The first French one, translated from the Chinese, was published in 1756 in C.L.J. de Guignes’ history of the Huns, Turks, Mongols and Tartars.
It is not a matter of achieving Bodhi or attaining Buddhahood. Rather, you yourself become aware that your own mind has always been fully enlightened.

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