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A Brief History of the Verse From 'The Essence of Zen'

by Sraddhapa (2019)

In 1965 Sangharakshita gave a series of talks on the 'The Essence of Zen', each taking its title from a line of a verse of Zen poetry -

A special transmission outside the scriptures
No dependence on words and letters
A direct pointing to the mind of man
Seeing into one's own nature and realising Buddhahood

In this talk Sraddhapa gives a brief history of this verse in the Chinese Chan tradition.

A talk given on the Essence of Zen weekend at Adhisthana, 2019.