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Author QuotedHui-neng
Title QuotedPlatform scripture / Hui-neng ; (transl. and with an introd. and notes by Wing-tsit Chan)
Date (Year/Month/Day)1962/08/24
ImprintNew York : St. John's University Press. c1963
QuotationIt is a long time since I received the remarkably interesting translation of the Platform Scripture and I ought to have acknowledged it long ago. The translation and the introduction by Wing Tsit Chan are both extremely interesting. It is an invaluable document, and will mean much to everyone who is interested in Zen Buddhism. I have not written about it, as I wanted time to comment fully. I have not had time for that yet, and also I would like to keep the manuscript a little longer and go over it again. I expect to be in the hospital for a checkup in a few days and I will meditate on the text there, I hope. In any case it will get a second and more serious reading. "¦ Keep me posted with regard to all your interesting projects at the Institute for Asian Studies. Fr. Dan Berrigan brought me messages from Fr. Beer and John Wu. I was glad to hear from them. The Chinese books are there but "¦ I think that perhaps I will have to put off serious work in this field until I am replaced as novice master by somebody else and can devote more time to study "¦
Quotation SourceThe Hidden Ground of Love: The Letters of Thomas Merton on Religious Experience and Social Concerns.; Selected and edited by William H. Shannon. / New York : Farrar Straus Giroux. 1985, p. 552
Letter toPaul Sih
Link to Merton's Copy 43023 

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