Volume 7, Issue 1, January 2019, Page: 14-20
On Huineng’s Xinxue of Ch’an and Its Realistic Value
Li Bingquan, School of Educational Science, Zhaoqing University, Zhaoqing, China
Zhang Xudong, School of Educational Science, Zhaoqing University, Zhaoqing, China
Ye Zhiqing, Zhaoqing Institute of Economic, Social and Historical Culture, Zhaoqing University, Zhaoqing, China
Du Shujian, Guangdong Xinzhou Sixth Zen Patriarch Huineng Culture Research Institute, Yunfu, China
Received: Dec. 27, 2018;       Accepted: Jan. 24, 2019;       Published: Feb. 25, 2019
DOI: 10.11648/j.hss.20190701.12      View  532      Downloads  72
Huineng who is the Sixth Patriarch of Chinese Ch’an, had constructed Xinxue system of Ch’an. He emphasized the central role of Xin(mind or heart), and regarded the Xin as the source and origin of the world in everyone’s Xin, and put the Xin in ontological and fundamental place of human existence. In his view, the world and all things in it are created by Xin. Huineng’s ideas of this Xinxue includes extremely important life wisdom and has great practice value in the present age, which is able to continue to provide guidance for today’s people to liberate various afflictions of life and to live the better and better life. It tells us the importance of cultivating Xin for everyone’s existence, which is to say that everyone should “find one’s true self”, which is to know his own Xin or self-nature and to enhance self-cultivation and self-practice so as to become a Buddha by himself. In other word, everyone should be responsible for his own life. In addition to it, Huineng’s ideas of Xinxue provides the ways for us to deal with life pressure and problems, specifically, to adopt a positive mentality toward the living circumstances, especially the difficult plight, setbacks and failures. We should cultivate the right within the deviant, and give up all evils and practice the mind by Ch'an concentration and meditation.
Huineng, Ch’an (禅: Zen), Xinxue (心学: the Philosophy of the Mind), Xin (心: Mind or Heart), Zi-Xing (自性: Self-Nature)
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Li Bingquan, Zhang Xudong, Ye Zhiqing, Du Shujian, On Huineng’s Xinxue of Ch’an and Its Realistic Value, Humanities and Social Sciences. Vol. 7, No. 1, 2019, pp. 14-20. doi: 10.11648/j.hss.20190701.12
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