THE PLATFORM SŪTRA AND ITSHISTORY OF EVOLUTION
The Platform Sūtra presents the life and work of Hui-neng, the controversialsixth Patriarch of Zen. It is based on his understanding of spiritual andpractical life.
owever, due to lack of historical evidence, some modernscholars seriously doubt the authenticity of the claim that Hui-neng was theauthor of this text.
Evidences suggest that the status of the text had changed overthe years. It had transformed from that of an esoteric document into a popularreligious treatise. The content of this Sūtra is centered on non-dualistic teachings of wisdom.
Key words: Sūtra,
Hui-neng, Patriarch, Non-duality
Significance of the Platform Sūtra