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No Dependence on Words and Letters

by Sangharakshita

Some things we know from experience, some things we apprehend only at second-hand. In confusing these two, we miss the essence of Zen.

N.B. Poor original recording.

Talk given in 1965.

This talk is part of the series The Essence of Zen.

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1. The Zen school specialises in meditation; “a special transmission outside the scriptures” (6:05) 
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2. ”No dependence on words and letters”; dependence on words or, at least, sounds; What does it mean 'to know'? (8:16) 
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3. Living more intensely, more in the present, closer to reality; knowledge as almost entirely second hand (6:47) 
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4. Dependence on purely spiritual matters; knowledge of Buddhism (5:10) 
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5. What stands in the way of real knowledge? Confusion between second hand and real knowledge (7:28) 
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6. Learning to appreciate silence (3:45) 
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7. Nothing has been said: the Lankavatara and Vimalakirti Nirdesa Sutras (5:12) 
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8. Using words to become free of words (2:34) 


Total running time: 45:17

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