The Commentary on the Great Perfection of Wisdom (Dàzhìdù Lùn)

and Its Formative Role in Chinese Buddhist Meditation (Chán)



Event Details

Date: 16th February 2016
Time: 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Location: NTI Wollongong Campus
Address: 231 Nolan Street Unanderra 2526 NSW
Cost: Free

The Commentary on the Great Perfection of Wisdom (Ch: Dàzhìdù Lùn) is a voluminous interlinear exegesis of The Discourse on the Great Perfection of Wisdom (Skt: Mahāprajñāpāramitā Sūtra), purportedly composed by Nāgārjuna, and translated into Chinese by Kumārajīva in 402-6 CE.  Aside from acting as one of the most definitive texts elucidating Indian Buddhism for the Chinese in general, it was more specifically the inspiration for the 6th century meditation adepts (chánshī) Huìwén and Huìsī.  The latter’s student, Zhìyí, would go on to heavily utilize the Commentary as he formed his Tiāntaí meditation and insight praxis.  Subsequently, the early Chán (Jp: Zen) tradition also borrowed heavily from Zhìyí’s Tiāntaí tradition.  The Commentary’s tradition and influence on meditation in Chinese Buddhism continues up to the present day.  

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Lecturer

Venerable Dr Huifeng (釋慧峰)
PhD (University of Hong Kong, HKSAR), MBS (Master of Buddhist Studies)(University of Hong Kong, HKSAR), BE (Mechanical) (University of Auckland, New Zealand) 

  • Assistant Professor (Fo Guang University, Taiwan)
  • Vice-Abbot (Fo Guang Shan Monastery, Taiwan)
  • Monograph Work: Chiasmus in the Early Prajñāpāramitā 
  • Translation Project: Kumārajīva’s Xiăopĭn Prajñāpāramitā Sūtra (Chinese to English trs.)
  • Translation Project: Yìnshùn’s An Investigation into Emptiness (Chinese to English trs.)