Cover of the Sutra on the Concentration of Sitting Meditation
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Sengrui; possible additional material by Kumārajīva
Nobuyosi Yamabe and Fumihiko Sueki


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This meditation manual was compiled in China in the 4th century C.E. by Kumārajīva, a noted translator of the time, and even today is seen as a clear and well-organized presentation of both Theravada and Mahayanist foundations of meditation. Complete in one volume.

Clear meditation manual includes Theravada and Mahayana perspectives


Taishō 614

Volume 15

The Sutra on the Concentration of Sitting Meditation

The Sutra on the Concentration of Sitting Meditation summarizes the methods of spiritual training employed by a number of Indian practitioners. Before the introduction of this sūtra into China there had been some practice of Ch’an in China, but it had all been based upon Hīnayāna methods. This sūtra, on the other hand, describes Mahāyāna methods as well as Hīnayāna methods, and so clarifies the relationship between the two. This led to the development of the practice of mental concentration called chi-kuan in the Tiantai School and the birth of the Chinese schools of Chan. Thus one can say that this sūtra exerted considerable influence in later times.

Translated into the Chinese by Kumārajīva as Zuochan sanmei jing (坐禪三昧經). 2 fascicles.

Table of Contents

A Message on the Publication of the English Tripiṭaka    NUMATA Yehan    v
Editorial Foreword    MAYEDA Sengaku    vii
Publisher’s Foreword    John R. McRae    ix
Translators’ Introduction    Nobuyoshi Yamabe and Fumihiko Sueki    xiii
Note on the Translation xix

The Sutra on the Concentration of Sitting Meditation

Fascicle One   3

First: The Method of Curing Lust 10
Second: The Method of Curing Anger 14
Third: The Method of Curing Ignorance 16
Fourth: The Method of Curing Discursive Thoughts 18
Fifth: The Method of Curing People Equally [Troubled with Multiple Problems] 33

Fascicle Two  43

[Calling the Buddha to Mind] 62
[Meditation on the Impurities] 64
[Cultivation of Friendliness] 66
[Observation of Dependent Origination] 70
[Mindful Inhalation and Exhalation] 82

Notes 89
Glossary 95
Bibliography 99
Index 101
A List of the Volumes of the BDK English Tripiṭaka (First Series) 113