In this humorous and informative talk, Red Pine takes us on a journey from the time before China began, through the ages, and the development of Taoism and Buddhism.
Buddhism and Tales of the Supernatural in Early Medieval China
The Youming lu is a work that demonstrates Buddhist influence as it began to appear in Chinese narrative on a relatively large scale.
Cold Mountain: Chinese poet Han Shan
Han Shan wrote poems for everyone, not just the educated elite. A man free of spiritual doctrine, it is unclear whether or not he was a monk, whether he was a Buddhist or a Taoist, or both. It is not even certain he ever lived, but the poems do. Short film (about 30 minutes)
The Power of Patriarchs: Qisong and Lineage in Chinese Buddhism
This book provides a detailed biography with a focus on the influential historical writings he composed to defend Chan claims of a “mind-to-mind transmission” tracing back to the historical Buddha.
The Qingzhou Discoveries
In 1996 around 400 Chinese stone sculptures of the Buddha were discovered in Qingzhou, China…
Experience your own Awareness: A Conversation on Chan (Zen) Buddhism with Bill Porter
Short film: A Conversation on Chan (Zen) Buddhism with Bill Porter. About 30 minutes
Birth and Death, by Shen Hui
However hard I practise seeing my true nature, I am always brought back into birth and death. What method must be practised in order to obtain the birthless and the deathless?
The Long Way Home, by Sun Shuyun
On my journey, I think I found the other side of Buddhism, predominately the role of the mind. Buddhism is not as criticised or attacked in the historical Marxist approach, the materialistic approach which maintains that the mind is really not important and that our material condition determines everything. Some of the monks in the monasteries laid down their lives to defend their faith…