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The Lankavatara Sutra

5 Mondays, November 5 - December 3, 6:30-8:30 pm. Taught by Ryūshin Dave Smith.

D.T. Suzuki wrote that the Lanka is a memorandum kept by a Mahayana master, in which he put down perhaps all the teachings of importance accepted by the Mahayana followers of his day.

Compiled during 350-400 CE, this sutra draws upon the concepts and doctrines of Yogācāra and Buddha-nature. Those interested in the history and lore upon which our present practice of Zen derives will enjoy this close study.

The class will use the text The Lankavatara Sutra: Translation and Commentary, by Red Pine. Copies of the text are available on amazon at the link provided, and will not be available at the center.

Ryūshin Dave Smith is a senior member of Houston Zen Center. His dharma name, Ryūshin, means Dragon Heart/Mind. He has traveled in China and Japan and holds Bodhidharma in highest esteem. He has led meditation groups at the Unitarian Church in the Woodlands, and is a valued volunteer with Houston Hospice.

Each class begins with meditation.



Ryūshin Dave Smith

Ryūshin Dave Smith

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