Sixth Patriarch Talks

Dajian Huineng (traditional Chinese: 大鑒惠能; pinyin: Dàjiàn Huìnéng; Wade–Giles: Ta⁴-chien⁴ Hui⁴-nêng²; Japanese: Daikan Enō; Korean: Daegam Hyeneung; February 27, 638 – August 28, 713), also commonly known as the Sixth Patriarch or Sixth Ancestor of Chan (traditional Chinese: 禪宗六祖), is a semi-legendary but central figure in the early history of Chinese Chan Buddhism. According to tradition he was an uneducated layman who suddenly attained awakening upon hearing the Diamond Sutra. Despite his lack of formal training, he demonstrated his understanding to the fifth patriarch, Daman Hongren, who then supposedly chose Huineng as his true successor instead of his publicly known selection of Yuquan Shenxiu.

Twentieth century scholarship revealed that the story of Huineng's Buddhist career was likely invented by the monk Heze Shenhui, who claimed to be one of Huineng's disciples and was highly critical of Shenxiu's teaching.

Huineng is regarded as the founder of the "Sudden Enlightenment" Southern Chan school of Buddhism, which focuses on an immediate and direct attainment of Buddhist enlightenment. The Platform Sutra of the Sixth Patriarch (六祖壇經), which is said to be a record of his teachings, is a highly influential text in the East Asian Buddhist tradition.

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Universal Practice for Laymen and Monks

Serial: SR-00175

Whatever you do is practice; be careful not to practice for the sake of the self. Zazen as a way to find realization and get used to realization. Whether priest or layperson,...

Practice, Zazen, Bodhisattva, Dogen, Sixth Patriarch, Buddha Mind, Faith, Truth,...
Jul 25 1971

OLD - Not Sticking to Enlightenment

Serial: 71-02-12-B

Sesshin Lecture, Day Seven: Closing Words
Friday Evening
February 12, 1971
San Francisco

Sesshin, Sixth Patriarch,
Feb 12 1971
City Center

Not Sticking to Enlightenment

Serial: SF-05445B

===== Awakening the Archive - Tape #26, by Shundo David Haye =====

It's not completely clear how this talk dropped off the radar, as the tape had been copied and...

Sesshin, Sixth Patriarch, Emptiness
Feb 12 1971
City Center

Do Not Pass Your Days and Nights in Vain

Serial: SR-00221

Sandokai Lecture XIII: “Don't Spend Your Time in Vain”
Monday, July 6, 1970

[This lecture is concerned with the following lines of the Sandokai:...

Branching Streams, Sandokai, Sixth Patriarch, Dogen, difficulty, sitting, zen,...
Jul 06 1970

Shosan Ceremony

Serial: SF-05964

Friday, December 5, 1969

Previously described as intranscribable - now clearer

File name: 69-12-05N: untitled level low. [Verbatim transcript not...

Ceremony, Shosan, Sixth Patriarch, Big Mind, Letting Go, Separation, Attachment,...
Dec 05 1969

Our Way To Attain Liberation

Serial: SF-05087-B

Monday Evening, August 18, 1969

Story of the Sixth Patriarch. Practice with everyone else at the monastery, without self-centered ideas. Answering...

Sixth Patriarch, Monastic Practice, Japan, Aspects of Practice, Discrimination, Faith...
Aug 18 1969

OLD - Our Way to Attain Liberation

Serial: SF-05087B

Roshi's Lectures - 2 of them - Aug 18, 69 17/8 side 1(on cassette) - Dan Gourley #5


Monday Evening, August 18, 1969...

Dogen, Sixth Patriarch, Monastic Practice,
Aug 18 1969


Sixth Patriarch,
Jun 22 1967
Los Altos

OLD - In the first instruction of ten instructions in Gakudō-yōjin-shū

Serial: SR-00089

Reel was wrongly dated - transcript matches 66-12-17-A

Discussion of fascicle Shobogeno Gakudo Yojinshu. Way-seeking mind and responding to encountering the...

Sesshin, Dogen, Shobogenzo, Sixth Patriarch, training, Birth-and-Death, Instruction,...
Dec 17 1966

In the first instruction of ten instructions in Gakudō-yōjin-shū

Sesshin, Dogen, Shobogenzo, Sixth Patriarch, Platform Sutra, training, Instruction,...
Dec 17 1966

OLD - Shōbōgenzō

Serial: SR-00092

Friday, August 19, 1966
Sesshin Lecture: Friday Morning, Lecture A
Sokoji, San Francisco

Translation and discussion of fascicle Shobogenzo Sokushin Ze Butsu...

Sesshin, Sixth Patriarch, Dogen, Shobogenzo, Subject-and-Object, War, Faith, Lay,...
Aug 19 1966


Serial: SF-05097-D

Sesshin Lecture 1966 Tape #2
Track 1 contd: Most of Suzuki's 6pm Lecture, Thursday evening continued on track 4
Track 4 continuation and finish of 6pm lecture of...

Sesshin, Sixth Patriarch, Dogen, Subject-and-Object, Attachment, Buddha Nature,...
Aug 18 1966

Most Of You Are Beginners

Serial: SF-05124-D

One-Day Sesshin Afternoon Lecture
Saturday, December 11, 1965, Lecture A
Sokoji, San Francisco

Sesshin, Sixth Patriarch, Dogen, Precepts, Precepts, Observe, Beginners, Enemies,...
Dec 11 1965

It Is A Great Joy To Practice Sesshin With You In This Way

Serial: 65-10-16-A

October Sesshin Lecture
October 16, 1965 (Wind Bell, Nov.–Dec. 1965)
Transcribed by Trudy Dixon

Afternoon Lecture

Sesshin, Sixth Patriarch, Dogen,
Oct 16 1965

I Have Nothing In My Mind

Serial: SF-05125-B

One-Day Sesshin Lecture: 5 PM
Saturday, August 28, 1965, Lecture B
San Francisco

Sesshin, Sixth Patriarch, Baso, Big Mind, Faith, Fox, Duality, Hate
Aug 28 1965

OLD - “Wisdom Seeks For Wisdom”

Sixth Patriarch,
Jul 22 1965
Los Altos